Show ContentsWyllie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Wyllie was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Wyllie family lived in Dumfries where today more often than not, the name is typically spelt either Wylie or Wyllie. [1]

Early Origins of the Wyllie family

The surname Wyllie was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), where the first on record was Donald Wyly, tenant of Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, 1376. Later, John Wili held a land in Montrose, 1431, and Robert Wylye was vicar of Kilcoldrum, 1434. William Wyly, was a witness in Prestwick, Ayrshire, 1446, Robert Wyly, was a charter witness in Glasgow, 1454, and Richard Wyly, was vicar of Dundee in 1458. [1]

Early History of the Wyllie family

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Wyllie Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Wyllie has appeared as Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.

Early Notables of the Wyllie family (pre 1700)

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Wyllie Ranking

In the United States, the name Wyllie is the 14,435th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Wyllie family to Ireland

Some of the Wyllie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Wyllie migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Wyllie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Wyllie, aged 39, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774 [3]
Wyllie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Wyllie, who arrived in America in 1820 [3]
  • Andrew Wyllie, who landed in Texas in 1835 [3]
  • Robert Wyllie, who landed in New York in 1845 [3]
  • Alexander Wyllie, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1852 [3]

New Zealand Wyllie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wyllie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Wyllie, who landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Wyllie, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842 [4]
  • Mary Wyllie, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • S Wyllie, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Wyllie (post 1700) +

  • George Wyllie (1922-2012), Scottish sculptor
  • Robert Crichton Wyllie (1798-1865), Scottish physician and businessman
  • Tom Wyllie (b. 1872), Scottish footballer
  • Ms. Elaine Wyllie M.B.E., British Founder for The Daily Mile, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to the Fitness of Children [5]
  • Sir William Wyllie (1802-1891), British general, Colonel of the Royal Dublin fusiliers, third son of John Wyllie of Holmhead House, Kilmarnock, surveyor of taxes
  • William Lionel Wyllie (1851-1931), prolific English painter of maritime themes
  • Daniel Wyllie (b. 1970), Australian stage, film and television actor
  • Alex "Grizz" Wyllie (b. 1944), retired New Zealand rugby union footballer and coach
  • Thomas Wyllie Howie JP (1856-1927), Scottish businessman, owner of the renowned Hurlford Fireclay Works

The Wyllie 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: Fides
Motto Translation: Faith.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook