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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]." 
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. " 
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
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
- 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
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.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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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