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

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Wyville family name to the British Isles. They lived in Yorkshire, at Wyville.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Wyville, Wyfield and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times, after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyville research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1614, 1681, 1659 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Wyville History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wyville family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Wyville or a variant listed above were: Phillip Wiyfield who settled in Virginia in 1660.

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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: Par la volonté de Dieu
Motto Translation: By the will of God.

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Wyville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wyville 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.

This page was last modified on 30 May 2013 at 09:39.

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