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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Willy family were born. Their name comes from the personal name William. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Uilleim, which means son of William.

Willy Early Origins



The surname Willy was first found in on the Isle of Harris, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland.

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Willy Spelling Variations


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Willy Spelling Variations



Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Willy has been spelled MacWilliam, MacQuilliam, MacKilliam, MacWilliams, MacKullie, MacCullie, MacWillie and many more.

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Willy Early History


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Willy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Willy research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1215, and 1613 are included under the topic Early Willy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Willy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Willy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Willy In Ireland


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Willy In Ireland



Some of the Willy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Willys to arrive on North American shores:

Willy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Willy, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Humphrey Willy, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Willy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Willy, who arrived in Georgia in 1742
  • Joseph Willy, who landed in New York, NY in 1754

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    11. ...

    The Willy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Willy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 1 January 2015 at 04:05.

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