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

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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]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windom 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 Windom History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Windham, who settled in New Jersey in 1675; Charles Windham, who arrived in Virginia in 1706; Sarah Windham, a convict sent to Maryland in 1719.

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  • William Windom (b. 1923), American actor
  • William Windom (1827-1891), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1859-69; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1870-71, 1871-81, 1881-83; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1881, 1889-91


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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. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Windom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Windom 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.

This page was last modified on 26 January 2016 at 09:32.

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