The present generation of the Wiltoomb family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in one of the places called Wilton in Cumberland
, or the East and North Ridings of Yorkshire
. Wilton, Wiltshire
was originally called Ellandune. It was the scene of a battle between Egbert, king of the West Saxons
, and Beorwolf, the Mercian king.
Early Origins of the Wiltoomb family
The surname Wiltoomb was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
Early History of the Wiltoomb family
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Wiltoomb Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Wiltoomb include Wilton, Wiltone, Willton, Willtone and others.
Early Notables of the Wiltoomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wiltoomb family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Wiltoomb were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Francis Wilton who settled in Virginia in 1619; one year before the "Mayflower"; David and Nicholas Wilton settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.