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The Wilmot surname evolved from a form of the personal name William.


The surname Wilmot was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times, probably about the 12th century.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Willmot, Wilmot, Wilmott, Willmott and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilmot research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1008, 1650, 1570, 1644, 1621, 1612, 1658, 1652, 1647, 1680, 1651, 1681, 1740 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Wilmot History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilmot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Wilmot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wilmot Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas and Susanna Wilmot, who settled in Virginia in 1648
  • Nicholas Wilmot, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657

Wilmot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Wilmot, aged 24, landed in New York in 1812
  • George A E Wilmot, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Edwin Wilmot, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • E. W. Wilmot, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Wilmot, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1894

Wilmot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charlie Wilmot, aged 8, who landed in America from Openshaw, in 1903
  • Clair S. Wilmot, aged 34, who settled in America from Leeds, in 1903
  • Geo. A. Wilmot, aged 27, who settled in America from S. Africa, in 1904
  • Annie Wilmot, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Coleraine, Ireland, in 1908

Wilmot Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • R.D. Wilmot, aged 25, a merchant, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Augusta" from Liverpool
  • Henry Wilmot a fisherman, on record in Bay de Este, Newfoundland, in 1871

Wilmot Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frederick Wilmot, aged 32, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1913
  • Eardley J. Wilmot, aged 36, who emigrated to Nelson, BC Canada, in 1919
  • Anna Wilmot, aged 50, who emigrated to Belleville, Canada, in 1922
  • Gwendolyn Wilmot, aged 28, who emigrated to Belleville, Ontario Canada, in 1924

Wilmot Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Gordon Wilmot, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Edward Wilmot, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green"
  • Amelia Wilmot, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

Wilmot Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • M Wilmot landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841


  • James P. Wilmot (1916-1980), American aviation executive, Democratic Party organizer, eponym of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester
  • David Wilmot (1814-1868), American politician and eponym of the Wilmot Proviso which aimed to ban slavery in land gained from Mexico in the Mexican-American War of 18461848
  • Sir Robert Wilmot (1708-1772), 1st Baronet, English civil servant
  • James Wilmot (1726-1807), English clergyman and alleged creator of Baconian theory
  • Aubrey Sidney Wilmot (1915-1989), English Lawyer, RAF Air Vice Marshal
  • Sir Henry Wilmot (1831-1901), English Army Captain, 5th Baronet Wilmot, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Mr. John C Wilmot, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Robert Duncan Wilmot (1809-1891), Canadian politician and a Father of Confederation, sixth Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick until 1885
  • Mike Wilmot, Canadian comedian, winner of two Canadian Comedy Awards (2005)
  • Sir John Eardley- Wilmot (1810-1892), 2nd Baronet, Member of Parliament for South Warwickshire (1874 to 1885)



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quod vult valde valt
Motto Translation: What he wishes, he fervently wishes.


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The Wilmot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilmot 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 6 January 2015 at 16:57.

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