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Origin of the Willis Surname

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Randy Willis (View posts)
Posted: 28 Nov 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: WILLIS


Some research indicates the surname ISN'T of Welsh origin, but of Norman origin. Supposedly the Willises came to England with William the Conquerer in the 11th century. The surname, Willis, also, doesn't have any other roots in England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales, although there are plenty of Willises scattered about these four countries at this time. They originally came during the Norman invasion. There's a guy named Eddie Geoghagen who has a great site all about family crests; luckily he has TWO fine family crests for the name Willis. Just look up Irish Family Crests in your web search (I used and you'll find Eddie's site. Under W, there are two Willis Coats of Arms, one with 3 red 5-pointed stars with a black Chevron separating them. Under the name Willis, it says "HUNGERFORD PARK-BERKS" indicating this is where these Willises came from. There's also a Peregrine Falcon on the top of the crest. The second has a coat of arms with Red Lions and crosses covering it with the words Willis-Cambridge & Herts under the surname. On the top of the crest are two Ermines holding a disembodied heart; giving more creedence that the surname is of Norman origin.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Brenda 28 Nov 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Randy Willis 28 Nov 2000 12:00PM GMT 
marcadean 28 Nov 2000 12:00PM GMT 
Brenda 23 Dec 2000 12:00PM GMT 
James R. Bullard 23 Dec 2000 12:00PM GMT 
JackCrawford5... 29 Jan 2001 12:00PM GMT 
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