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The Wiltshire name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Wiltshire, a county in southwestern England. The place-name was recorded as Wiltunscir in 870, and as Wiltescire in the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
compiled in 1086. The place-name means "shire centered on Wilton." Wilton is composed of the Old English elements wilig, which means willow tree, and tun, for farmstead or enclosure. The place-name Wilton means "farm where the willow trees grow."

Wiltshire Early Origins



The surname Wiltshire was first found in Bedfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Wiltshire Spelling Variations


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Wiltshire Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Wiltshire has undergone many spelling variations, including Wiltshire, Wiltshear, Wiltsheir and others.

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Wiltshire Early History


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Wiltshire Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiltshire research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiltshire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiltshire Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wiltshire Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wiltshire were among those contributors:

Wiltshire Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Wiltshire, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Mary Wiltshire, who landed in Maryland in 1680

Wiltshire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

Wiltshire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Wiltshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Harriet Wiltshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Matilda Wiltshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • David Bowen Wiltshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Frances Orleana Wiltshire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wiltshire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Wiltshire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Union" in 1843
  • James Wiltshire, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • George Wiltshire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Charles Wiltshire, aged 18, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • H. Wiltshire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiltshire (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiltshire (post 1700)



  • John H. Wiltshire (b. 1883), American Democrat politician, Mason; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bethlehem, 1915-16
  • Frank T. Wiltshire, American politician, Burgess of Media, Pennsylvania, 1960
  • David "Dave" Wiltshire (b. 1954), English former professional association football player
  • Stephen Wiltshire MBE (b. 1974), English architectural artist
  • Max Wiltshire, ex- Welsh International Rugby Player
  • Paul Wiltshire, Australian Songwriter, Record Producer & Mixer
  • Todd Wiltshire (b. 1968), Australian former motorcycle speedway rider
  • Edward Wiltshire, British Diplomat

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Wiltshire Historic Events


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Wiltshire Historic Events




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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. 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.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Wiltshire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiltshire 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.

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