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

Wyatt is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Wyatt family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Wyatt comes from Guyat, a pet form of the Old French given name Guy.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wyatt were recorded, including Wyatt, Wyat and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat at early times, after the Norman Conquest of 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyatt research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1746, 1813, 1460, 1537, 1503, 1542, 1536, 1521, 1554, 1550, 1623, 1588, 1644, 1616 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Wyatt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 189 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyatt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Wyatt arrived in North America very early:

Wyatt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Sir Francis and Lady Margaret Wyatt, who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • John Wyatt, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1631
  • Thomas Wyatt, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • George Wyatt, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • Christopher Wyatt, who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680

Wyatt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Wyatt, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Wyatt arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Sarah Wyatt arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Adolphus Valentine Wyatt arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Sarah Eliza Wyatt arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837


Wyatt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Wyatt arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • James Wyatt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Mary Ann Wyatt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • John Wyatt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Wyatt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863


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  • Christopher Aaron "Chris" Wyatt (b. 1975), American film producer, writer, and second unit director
  • Christopher J. Wyatt, American executive vice president and president of Blockbuster Inc
  • Brad Wyatt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008
  • Bill Wyatt, American Republican politician, Candidate for Republican nomination for President, 2004
  • Barton Wyatt, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 5th District, 1934
  • Alfred C. Wyatt, American politician, Mayor of Laconia, New Hampshire, 1909-11
  • Addie C. Wyatt, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1996
  • Brownlow R. Wyatt (d. 1953), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1944 (alternate), 1952; Candidate for Tennessee State Senate 9th District, 1946
  • C. C. Wyatt, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1881
  • Daily Wyatt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1952

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  • The Wiatt Family of Virginia by Alexander Lloyd Wiatt.
  • A Research Report About Our Wyatt-Mitchell & Allied Families by E. Myrtle Mitchell.
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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: Duriora virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue tries harder things.

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  2. 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).
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  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Wyatt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wyatt 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 29 January 2016 at 04:51.

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