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The roots of the name Wylie are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Wylie was originally found in Dumfries.

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The surname Wylie was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Wylie has appeared as Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wylie research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1645, 1642, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Wylie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wylie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Wylie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Wylie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Wylie, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Wylie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Wylie, who arrived in New England in 1740

Wylie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Wylie, who landed in New York in 1804
  • Samuel Wylie, who landed in South Carolina in 1808
  • Richard Wylie, who landed in South Carolina in 1808
  • John Wylie, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
  • Rachel Wylie, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
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Wylie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Wylie, aged 14, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838

Wylie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Wylie, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • David Wylie arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Elizabeth Wylie arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838
  • Benjamin Wylie, aged Euphemia, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
  • John Wylie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
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Wylie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Wylie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Brougham
  • James Wylie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • A. Wylie arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • Hugh Wylie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Robert Wylie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Argyleshire" in 1870
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  • Ida Alexa Ross Wylie (1885-1959), known by her pen name I. A. R. Wylie, an Australian-born British and American novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, and poet
  • Chalmers Pangburn Wylie (1920-1998), American politician and lawyer, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1967-1993)
  • Adam Augustus Wylie (b. 1984), American television and motion picture actor, and voice over artist, best known for his work on The Swan Princess and All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
  • Philip Gordon Wylie (1902-1971), American pulp fiction writer, probably best known for his co-written When Worlds Collide (1933) which inspired Alex Raymond's comic strip Flash Gordon
  • Elinor Hoyt Wylie (1885-1928), American author popular in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Lillian M. Wylie, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1952; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1956; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1959
  • Luke Wylie, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan, 2011
  • Milton G. Wylie, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1906; Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912
  • Ora Wylie, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Marion, Indiana, 1917
  • Ronald J. Wylie, American Republican politician, Candidate for Maryland State Senate District 3-B, 1970
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Wylie Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Emma Wylie, American 2nd Class passenger from Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Richard G. Wylie, English Third Junior 3rd Engineer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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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: Fides
Motto Translation: Faith.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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