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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wyndham, Windham and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Wymondham, and descended from a noble Saxon, Wimund, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. "The sole remaining branch in the male line of this ancient family, said to be of Saxon origin, and descended from 'Ailwardus' of Wymondham, of Wyndham, in Noirfolk, living soon after the Norman Conquest [was Wyndham of Dinton]." [1] Wymondham (Windham), Norfolk survives today as a historic market town and civil parish. "This town derives its name from the Saxon Win Munde Ham, signifying 'a pleasant village on a mount;' and is indebted for its importance to the foundation of a priory of Black monks, at first a cell to the abbey of St. Alban's, by William d'Albini or Daubeny, in 1130. " [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyndham research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1632, 1558, 1645, 1612, 1676, 1640, 1602, 1684, 1609, 1668, 1632, 1683, 1656, 1667, 1695, 1685, 1687, 1600, 1681, 1640 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Wyndham History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 289 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyndham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wyndham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Howard Wyndham, who was naturalized in Colorado in 1886
  • Howard Wyndham, who landed in Colorado in 1886

Wyndham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Wyndham, who was on record in the census of Ontario of 1871


  • George Wyndham (1787-1869), English peer, made 1st Baron Leconfield in 1859
  • Sir Charles Wyndham (1837-1919), English actor-manager
  • George Wyndham (1863-1913), English politician and man of letters
  • John Max Henry Scawen Wyndham (b. 1948), 7th Baron Leconfield and 2nd Baron Egremont, British biographer and novelist
  • John Edward Reginald Wyndham (1920-1972), 6th Baron Leconfield, 1st Baron Egremont (1963)
  • John Wyndham (1903-1969), pen name of British science fiction writer Lucas Beynon Harris


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: Au bon droit
Motto Translation: With good right.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Wyndham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wyndham 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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