Wyly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Wyly is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Dumfries.
Early Origins of the Wyly family
The surname Wyly was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn 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.
Early History of the Wyly family
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Wyly Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Wyly has been spelled Wiley, Wylie, Whyley, Wyley, Wilie, Wyllie and others.
Early Notables of the Wyly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wyly family to Ireland
Some of the Wyly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wyly family
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them: James Wiley, his wife and two sisters, who arrived in Boston, Mass in 1766; Isaac Wiley settled in Barbados in 1663; Paul Wiley aged 78; arrived in New York in 1822 with his family.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wyly (post 1700) +
- Charles Wyly Jr. (1933-2011), American entrepreneur and businessman, philanthropist, civic leader whose estimated his net worth was 1 billion according to Forbes magazine in 2006, inducted into the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003
- Samuel E. "Sam" Wyly (b. 1934), American entrepreneur and businessman and philanthropist, younger brother of Charles Wyly Jr
- Michael Duncan Wyly (b. 1939), retired U.S. Marine Colonel, head of tactics at the Amphibious Warfare School (AWS)
- Captan Jack Wyly Sr. (1917-2006), American attorney and politician in Lake Providence, Louisiana, leader within the Democratic Party
- Jack Wyly, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1960 
- Fred B. Wyly, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988 
- Charles Wyly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 
- Wyly C. Lockhart, American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate 26th District, 1947 
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The Wyly 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 Translation: Faith.