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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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Wiltshire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Wiltshire, who settled in Maryland in 1775

Wiltshire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Wiltshire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Union" in 1843
  • James Wiltshire, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • George Wiltshire, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Charles Wiltshire, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • H. Wiltshire, who 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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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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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