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Where did the English Windham family come from? What is the English Windham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Windham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Windham family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wyndham, Windham and others.

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 Noirfolk, living soon after the Norman Conquest [was Wyndham of Dinton]." [1] 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. " [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windham research. Another 227 words(16 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.


Another 289 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


  • 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"
  • Robert Jack Windham (b. 1942), known by his ring name Blackjack Mulligan, a former professional wrestler and American football player
  • 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
  • William Howe Windham (1802-1854), English politician, Member of Parliament for East Norfolk (1832-1835), High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1842
  • William Windham Sr., FRS (1717-1761), English landowner
  • 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
  • Vice-Admiral William Lukin Windham (1768-1833), British Royal Navy officer



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 droit
Motto Translation: With good right.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. 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).
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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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