Windham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Windham family

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]." [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]

Early History of the Windham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windham research. Another 156 words (11 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.

Windham Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Windham family (pre 1700)

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 Commons of England in 1640, Colonel of horse in the Royalist army in the English Civil War and helped Charles II escape to France; Sir Hugh...
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Windham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Windham migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Windham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Cha Windham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [3]
  • Charles Windham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Sarah Windham, a convict sent to Maryland in 1719
  • John Windham, a bonded passenger who settled in America in 1744
  • William Windham, who was on record in Richmond, VA in 1794
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Windham (post 1700) +

  • 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" [4]
  • John Windham, American politician, Mayor of Center, Texas, 1993-2010 [5]
  • E. K. Windham, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Mississippi, 1956 [5]
  • Corby Windham (b. 1969), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 2002 [5]
  • Charles Henderson Windham (1871-1932), American Republican politician, Mayor of Long Beach, California, 1908-12; Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1912; Postmaster at Long Beach, California, 1922 [5]
  • Cecil F. Windham Sr., American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for South Carolina, 2000 [5]
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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The Windham Motto +

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.


  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.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 4 Feb. 2019
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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