Wilmott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Wilmott family

The surname Wilmott was first found in Derbyshire where "for 350 years, the Derbyshire Wilmots, who have been honoured with three baronetcies, have been settled at Derby or at Cliaddesden in its neighbourhood. There were Wilmots in Cambridgeshire in the 13th century." [1]

Early records listed the name as both a forename and a surname. Walter Wilimot was listed in 1252 and Henry Wilmot was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 for Cheshire. Thomas Wilmet was listed in the Assize Rolls for Kent in 1317. [2]

Early History of the Wilmott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilmott research. Another 141 words (10 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 Wilmott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wilmott Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Wilmott family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Charles Wilmot (c.1570-1644), created 1st Viscount Athlone on 4 June, 1621; as well as his son, Lieutenant-General Henry Wilmot (1612-1658), an English Cavalier, who fought for the Royalist cause during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and...
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Ireland Migration of the Wilmott family to Ireland

Some of the Wilmott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Wilmott migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wilmott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eleanor Wilmott, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635 [3]
  • Edward Wilmott, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward Wilmott, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • Ann Wilmott and her husband, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Ann Wilmott, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wilmott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Devonshire Wilmott, aged 53, who arrived in Washington, DC in 1819 [3]

Australia Wilmott migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wilmott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Wilmott, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Henry Wilmott, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mrs. Mary Wilmott, (b. 1802), aged 29, English cook who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Burrell" on 31st December 1831, arriving in New South Wales, she died in 1835 [6]
  • Ellen Wilmott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [7]
  • John Wilmott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Wilmott migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wilmott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Wilmott, aged 43, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872 [8]
  • Eliza Wilmott, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872 [8]
  • Mrs. Agnes Wilmott, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th August 1881 [9]
  • Mr. Charles Wilmott, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th August 1881 [9]
  • Mr. Charles D Wilmott, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th August 1881 [9]

West Indies Wilmott migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [10]
Wilmott Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Wilmott, who settled in Barbados in 1676

Contemporary Notables of the name Wilmott (post 1700) +

  • Vaun Wilmott, American writer, known for Dominion (2014), Sons of Anarchy (2008) and Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)


The Wilmott Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-lyon
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/exmouth
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/burrell
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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