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Origin of last name Williams, country of origin: England

Nobility: Nobles
Heraldic trace of family: Williams
Nobility crown Williams
The surname is English in origin.The name is derived from the Norman form of the Old French personal name composed of the Germanic elements 'wil' will,desire and 'helm' helment,protection.The name thus signified 'beloved-helment' or protector.The name was introduced into England at the time of the Conquest,and within a very short period the name became the most popular given name in England,no doubt in honour of William the Conquerer himself.The Conquerer was followed by his son on the throne,William Rufus.It remained the most popular personal name in England until it was superseded by John.The given name also enjoyed great popularity in ... To be continued
Germany(as Wilhelm),France(as Guillaume),Spain(as Guillermo),and Italy(as Guglielmo).The name in its Old German form(Willelm) dates back to the sixth century were the forebear of king Raedwald is recorded in the Anglo-Saxon chronicles.The name gave rise to a host of surnames including Williamson and Williams but by far the most common being Williams.One of the first forebears to bring this name to America is that of a lady named Ann Williams,who came to America aboard the Starr and Garter,she settled in Maryland. It is the third most numerous name in America and England. ... To be continued

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Coat of Arms of family: Williams

Coat of Arms of family Williams

1 Blazon of family Williams

Sable,a lion rampart argent ,armed and langued gules. Crest: a fighting cock. Motto: Cognosce Occasionem.

Cited in "The book of Ulster surnames - American surnames".

Coat of Arms of family Williams

2 Blazon of family Williams

D'or, au lion de gueules, au chef d'azur ch. de deux faucons essorants d'argent. Cimier: un faucon essorant d'argent, la patte dextre posée sur un globe d'argent cerclé d'or.

Williams from USA. Cited in "Armorial Général par J.B.Rietstap - Deuxième èdition refondue et augmentée - Tome II L-Z" page 1093.

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