Wyly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 where today more often than not, the name is typically spelt either Wylie or Wyllie. [1]

Early Origins of the Wyly family

The surname Wyly 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 Wyly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyly research. Another 218 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1529, 1530, 1550, 1563, 1575, 1653, 1659, 1680, 1590, 1645, 1642, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Wyly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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Ireland 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) +

  • Samuel E. "Sam" Wyly (b. 1934), American entrepreneur and businessman and philanthropist, younger brother of Charles Wyly Jr
  • Lemuel David "L.D." Wyly Jr. (1916-2004), American physicist and professor of nuclear physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 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
  • 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 Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1960 [2]
  • Fred B. Wyly, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1988 [2]
  • Charles Wyly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988 [2]
  • Wyly C. Lockhart, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate 26th District, 1947 [3]

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: 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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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