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The surname Windham was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, at Wymondham, and descended from a noble Saxon, Wimund, before and after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. "The sole remaining branch in the male line of this ancient family, said to be of Saxon origin, and descended from 'Ailwardus' of Wymondham, of Wyndham, in Norfolk
, living soon after the Norman Conquest
[was Wyndham of Dinton]." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Wymondham (Windham), Norfolk
survives today as a historic market town and civil parish. "This town derives its name from the Saxon Win Munde Ham, signifying 'a pleasant village on a mount;' and is indebted for its importance to the foundation of a priory of Black monks, at first a cell to the abbey of St. Alban's, by William d'Albini or Daubeny, in 1130. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wyndham, Windham and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windham research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1632, 1558, 1645, 1612, 1676, 1640, 1602, 1684, 1609, 1668, 1632, 1683, 1656, 1667, 1695, 1685, 1687, 1600, 1681, 1640 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Windham History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Wyndham JP (1558-1645), an English landowner who helped create the establishment of defense organization in the West Country against the threat of Spanish invasion; Sir Francis Wyndham, 1st Baronet
(c.1612-1676), an English soldier and politician who sat in the House of...
Another 102 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Windham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Windham, who settled in New Jersey in 1675
- Robert Windham, who landed in New Jersey in 1675
Windham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Cha Windham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
- Charles Windham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
- Sarah Windham, a convict sent to Maryland in 1719
- John Windham, a bonded passenger who came to America in 1744
- William Windham, who was on record in Richmond, VA in 1794
- Robert Jack Windham (1942-2016), known by his ring name Blackjack Mulligan, a professional wrestler and American football player
- Robert Craig Windham (1949-2016), American radio journalist and duty reporter for National Public Radio
- Sir Charles Ashe Windham (1810-1870), English-born, American military officer made famous in the Battle of the Great Redan during the Crimean War, nicknamed "Hero of the Redan"
- Kathryn Tucker Windham (b. 1918), American storyteller and author who inspired the 2004 film Kathryn: The Story of a Teller
- David Rogers Windham (b. 1961), former American NFL football linebacker
- Barry Clinton Windham (b. 1960), American semi-retired professional wrestler
- Donald Windham (1920-2010), American novelist and memoirist
- John Windham, American politician, Mayor of Center, Texas, 1993-2010
- E. K. Windham, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Mississippi, 1956
- Corby Windham (b. 1969), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 2002
- Mr. Russell Bertram Windham (1920-1941), Australian Ordinary Telegraphist from Glenelg, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
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:
Au bon droitMotto Translation:
With good right.
- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- 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).
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- 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).
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
The Windham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Windham 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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