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Williams

Coat of Arms ~ Family Crests

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Williams

William is among the most commonly found Medieval given names, and as a result, is among the most common surnames. Williams is a patronymic form. 

William is derived from an Old French given name with Germanic elements wil = desire, will + helm = helmet, protection. 

It was introduced by followers of William the Conqueror and became in short order one of the most popular given names in England. Bill the Conqueror may have had an influence there... Variations are Welliam, Gilliam, Gillam, Gilham, Gillham Gillum. Cognate, diminutive, and other forms exist in great number.

 

Williams

Surnames based on the Christian name of the father are very common in English-speaking countries. Either the name is obvious (John William) or an "s" might be added, giving names like Williams.

 

 

William

A British patronymic name - "Will/resolve helmet" (Germanic Normanized); William the Conqueror.

William

Resolute protection < Germanic also Dutch Willem; German Wilhelm

 

William

William I

1027-87

Invaded England, 1066; known as William the Conqueror

William II

1056-1100

King of England 1087-1100, known as William Rufus

William III

1650-1702

Stadholder of Holland 1672-1702; invited to join England; Ruled 1689-1702 jointly with his wife, Mary

William IV

1765-1837

King of England 1830-37

William of Malmesbury

1095?-1143?

English Historian

William of Orange

1533-84

Founded the Dutch republic; stadholder 1579-84; called William the Silent

 

Williams

  • Roger Williams    1603? - 85    English clergyman; founded Rhode Island
  • Tennessee Williams b. 1914    U. S. playwright

 

Williams

  • Willemstad      A town on Curacao, capital of Netherlands Antilles
  • Willesden        A municipal borough in Middlesex, England, NW of London

 

PRE-1600 ENGLISH NAMES: WILLIAMS

 

NAME

DATE

LOCATION

Williams

1566

Berkshire, Devon

 

LATE 16th CENTURY ENGLISH NAMES: Williams

WELSH NAMES: WILLIAMS

Welsh surnames can be difficult to trace since, though patronymic, they were not always hereditary. William's son Hugh, for example, was Hugh Williams.

 

GERMAN SURNAMES: 

 

English

German

William, Williams

Wilhelm

 

CLANS & FAMILIES OF SCOTLAND & IRELAND 
       "IVL" (indeterminate, various localities), which generally indicates that these families simply did not fall within the main Gaelic tribal sphere, either because they resided outside the Gaelic area, or else because they did not form a cohesive group with the level of real political significance common to the tribal and clan families listed.

Families

Ethnic Group

Branch of

MacWilliam

 

MacQuillan

MacWilliam

IVL - Scotland

 

MacWilliam

 

MacLeod (Harris)

Williamson

 

MacKay

Williamson

IVL - South Scotland, Angus

 

 

SCOTTISH NAMES: WILLIAMS

 

NAME

ASSOCIATED CLAN

Macwilliam

Gunn, Macfarlane

Williamson

Gunn, Mackay

 

MANX NAMES: (The Personal Names of the Isle of Man) - from a manorial roll collected in 1511-15 - Mac Will, William, Ine William , Mac William, Williamson

 

NAME

FREQUENCY

William

10% of given names

Surnames

about 80% are patronymic in origin

Patronymic Surnames

75% are formed with prefixed "Mac",
16% consist only of the root name
7% are formed with suffixed "son"
remaining - a few prefixed with "O"

Patronymic Surnames

9 Mac William 6; William 1; Williamson 2; Ine William

 

WILLIAMS (GERMANY)

The Origin and History of... WILLIAMS

The "WILLIAMS" family name originated in northern Germany, located in Germany. The "WILLIAMS" family traces their ancestral roots back to Prussian origin.

 

WILLIAMS (GERMANY)

Components of the WILLIAMS Family Coat of Arms

The Shield: 

A silver shield displaying four roses

The Crest:

A rose

The Motto:

None.

 

WILLIAMS (WALES)

The Origin and History of... WILLIAMS

The "WILLIAMS" family name originated in Breconshire , located in Wales. The "WILLIAMS" family traces their ancestral roots back to Welsh origin.

 

WILLIAMS (WALES)

Components of the WILLIAMS Family Coat of Arms

The Shield: 

Black with a gold lion rampant.

The Crest:

A Talbot passant.

The Motto:

"Cywir in Gwlad"

 

WILLIAMS (WALES)

WILLIAMS Family References in the Harleian Manuscripts

The Harleian Manuscripts are records of the "Visitations" or, compilations of research done by heralds with regard to the backgrounds of English and Welsh families. These documents, compiled from about 1530 to the close of the 17th century, contain more than 30,000 registered family lineages, and are now housed in the British Museum in London, England.

The WILLIAMS family name was recorded in the following counties.  This information can be used as a starting point for further investigation into these records at the British Museum.

 

Main County

Branched to

Branched to

BERKSHIRE

 

 

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

 

 

CHESHIRE

 

 

CORNWALL

 

 

DEVONSHIRE

 

 

DORSETSHIRE

 

 

ESSEX

 

 

HEREFORDSHIRE

 

 

HERTFORDSHIRE

 

 

HUNTINGDONSHIRE

 

 

LINCOLNSHIRE

ABERCONWAY

 

LONDON

MONMOUTH

 

OXFORDSHIRE

 

 

SHROPSHIRE

MONMOUTH

 

SOMERSETSHIRE

 

 

SUSSEX

 

 

WARWICKSHIRE 

  

  

 

WILLIAMS (WALES)

The records of 244 Prestigious Castles and Majestic Homes have been examined to construct a database of thousands of families who originally owned, subsequently owned, were related by marriage, or were otherwise associated with these fine historic structures.

The WILLIAMS family can be genealogically linked with the following estates.

 

Castle

County

Head of 19th Century Family

CARNANTON

CORNWALL

WILLYAMS

 

 

 

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