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

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wylie research. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wylie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Wylie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Wylie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 America. Among them:

  • James, Ann, Francis, Henry, James, Jane, John, Margeret, Rebecca, Samual, Thomas, and William Wylie all arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina

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

Wylie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Wylie, aged 14, arrived in Saint John 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

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


  • Paul Stanton Wylie (b. 1964), American Olympic figure skater and 1992 silver medalist
  • Richard Wayne "Popcorn" Wylie (1939-2008), African-American pianist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, and record producer
  • Elinor Hoyt Wylie (1885-1928), American author popular in the 1920s and 1930s
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chalmers Pangburn Wylie (1920-1998), American politician and lawyer, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1967-1993)
  • 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
  • Mrs. Emma Wylie (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Ronald M. "Ron" Wylie (b. 1933), Scottish former football player, coach and manager
  • Norman Russell Wylie (1923-2005), Lord Wylie PC was a Scottish Conservative and Unionist politician, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Pentlands (1964-1974)



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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The Wylie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wylie 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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