Williams Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
This is a patronymic or baptismal surname meaning “son of William”, an old personal (first) name. The name originates in medieval times in Wales and England. The name means golden helmet, deriving from the Old German gild helm, or it means protection. The name was introduced into the British Isles during the Norman Conquest of 1066 AD. As a masculine given name, it was borne by four Kings of England. The Norman French spelling was Guillaume. The 1890 book, Manx Names, by Arthur William Moore, states “The name MacWilliam (AD 1213) in Ireland was taken by the De Burgos, whose descendants were numerous in the counties of Galway and Mayo. In 1225 King Henry III granted the province of Connaught to Richard de Burgo. Another Richard de Burgo was Governor of the Isle of Man in AD 1292”.
One source states the family was first found in Breconshire and Monmouthshire in Wales, along the border with England, where they descended from Brychan Brycheiniog (born 419 AD in Ireland), Lord of Brecknock. He was the son ofPrince Anlach and grandson son of Coronac. In medieval times, the family was seated at Llangibby Castle. More recently, they descended from Rhys Goch, Lord Ysrtadyw from Caradog Vreichvras. Wikitree.com traces the Williams family lineage back to Einion Ap Owne who lived in the 12th Century.
Some spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include William, Williames and Ap William. Similar foreign names include Willems (Dutch/Flemish), Wilhelms (German), and Guillard/Villar (French).
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Williams ranks 3rd in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following five states: Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The name only ranks below the top 10 in eight of the fifty states.
The surname Williams frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (3rd), Scotland (48th), Wales (3rd), Ireland (233rd) and Northern Ireland (115th). In England, it ranks highest in Cornwall, Devon, and Herefordshire. In Scotland, the surname ranks highest in counties Inverness-shire and Ross & Cromarty. In Wales, it ranks highest in Caernfonshire, Monmouthshire, Angelesey, Flintshire, Merionethshire, and Brecknockshire. In Ireland, it ranks highest in Dublin and Wicklow. In Northern Ireland, it ranks highest in Londonderry.
Sir John Williams of Chester, 2nd Son of Sir William Williams, 1st Baronet of Llanforda
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Sir William Williams (1666–1740), 2nd Baronet of Llanforda
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The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world: Canada (15th), New Zealand (2nd), Australia (4th), and South Africa (25th).
The 1890 book Homes of Family Names by H.B. Guppy, states the following in regard to this surname: “The great home of this name is in Wales and Monmouthshire. Thence it has extended in considerable numbers into Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Gloucestershire. Its place in the northern half of England is to some extent supplied by Williamson, but much more commonly by Wilson. It has an independent home in Cornwall, where it exists in numbers. As we cross England eastward from the Marches we find that the name rapidly diminishes, though it has succeeded in reaching the counties on the east coast as well as those in the south - east angle of the country”.
Early Bearers of the Surname
The Hundred Rolls of 1273 AD, a census of Wales and England, known in Latin as Rotuli Hundredorum lists three bearers of this surname: Richard Williams (Oxfordshire). Henricus Williames was listed in the Lay Subsidy of Worcestershire in 1275. Margeria Williames was listed in the Lay Subsidy of Worcestershire in 1327 AD. The Poll Tax of Yorkshire in 1379 AD lists one bearer of this last name: Johannes filius (son of) Willelmi. A one John Wylyam was documented in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296 AD.
Williams Family Tree & Williams Genealogy
Below is a detailed discussion of 21 different landed, noble, royal, or aristocratic branches of the Williams family. Details of each branch of the family tree are provided and summarized for those interested in their ancestry, lineage, and pedigree who want to learn more about the William family history and genealogy.
Williams of Burncoose and Caerhays Castle
In November 1752, Michael Williams, of Burncoose, Cornwall, married Susanna, daughter of Henry Harris of Cusgarne and Elizabeth Kempthorne, with whom he had a son named John. John was an Esquire of Scorrier House and Burncoose who was born in 1753. In 1776, he married Catherine, daughter of Martyn Harvey of Killifreth, and had issue with her. His son was Michael Williams, Esquire of Scorrier House and Caerhay Cornwall, a Member of Parliament, born in 1785. In 1813, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Eales of Easton House, and had the following issue with her: John Michael, Richard Wales (of Worcester College, Oxford), Charles Edward, William (Lieutenant in the 13th Foot), Michael Henry (of Tredrea, High Sheriff, married Catherine Anne Almack, had issue named Henry Harcourt, Godfrey Trevelyan, Alice Catherine, Edith, and four other daughters, he later married Charlotte Mary Horton Davey, had issue with her named John, George, Percival Davies, and Maria Claudia Susan), and Caroline Elizabeth (married John Williams of the 12th Lancers). He died in 1858. His son John Michael Williams was an Esquire of Burncoose and Caerhays Castle, Cornwall, and Gnaton Hall, Devon, was a Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff of Cornwall, and Special Deputy of Stannaries born in 1813. In 1852, he married Elizabeth Maria, daughter of Stephen Davey of Bochym, with whom he had six issue: Michael, John Charles, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Clara, and Florence. The Williams Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Williams Family Crest) is blazoned as follows: Vair three crescents or. Crest: A demi-eagle with wings elevated sable, each wing charged with four bezants.
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Williams of Wallog
The Williams genealogy of this branch begins with the Reverend Isaac Williams, the Prebendary Brecon and Vicar of Llanrhystich, son of David of Tynywen, who married (secondly) Anne, daughter of John Jones of Llandovery, having fathered the following five children with her: Isaac Lloyd, James, Revered David (married Sarah Elizabeth Hawker, had six issue), Anne (married Reverend Lewis Evans), and Elizabeth (married W.C. Gilbertson of Cefngwyn). His eldest son was Isaac Lloyd Williams, an Esquire, Barrister-at-Law, and Justice of the Peace, who in 1779, married Ann, daughter and co-heiress of Matthew David of Cwmeynfelin, having four children with her: Matthew Davies (of Cwmeynfelin), Jonathan, Isaac (married Caroline Champernowne of Dartington House), and Jane (married Sir George Prevost of Stinchcombe). He died in 1846 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Matthew Davies. This Matthew Davies, Esq. was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant, who in 1828, married Susanna, daughter and heiress of Simon Griffiths of Cwmrhaidr, having the following children with her: George Griffiths, Charles Jonathan, Isaac, Lewis, David Edward, Catharine, Jane Mary Anne, Susanna, Sarah Ann, and Mary (married Revered James Lewis of Llanrian, had four issue). He died in 1860. His son George Griffiths Williams was an Esquire of Wallog, county Cardigan, Wales, as well as a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and Captain in the Royal Cardigan Militia who was born in 1832. In 1871, he married Sarah Jane, daughter of George Checkland of Hawkswick, with whom he had one son and one daughter: George Checkland (born 1872) and Florence Mary. The Williams Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Williams Family Shield) is blazoned as follows: Quarterly: 1st, or, a griffin sergeant vert armed gules; 2nd, azure, an eagle displayed or; 3rd, argent, a lion passant sable between three fleurs-de-lis gules; 4th, argent, a chevron sable, between three ravens proper. Crest: A cock proper.
Williams of Dendrath Castle
This family settled at Saethon in the 400s AD and was originally called Saethon of Saethon, who later assumed the surname Williams. John Williams, Esquire of Saethon in Carnarvon, with his wife Anne, had a son, prior to his 1796 death, named David. David, Esq. of Saethon, married Jane and had several issue. The youngest was Abraham C. Jones Williams of Gelliwig, was a Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff who was born in 1813. In 1854, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Love and Lady Jones Parry, of Madryn. He was succeeded by his eldest surviving son, David. David was an Esquire of Dendraeth Castle, county Merioneth, as well as a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and Member of Parliament who was born in 1800. In 1841, he married Anne Louisa Loveday, daughter of William Williams, who descended from the Nanneys of Maesypandy and Thomas of Coedhelm, and had the following issue with her: William Edward Wynn, Arthur Osmond, Edward Herbert Vaughan, Edmund Trevor Lloyd, Llewellyn Leonard Bulkeley, Auzharad Wynn (married A.H. Reid), Dora Louisa, Fanny Caroline, Harrior Gertrude (married Robert Clover Beazley of Fern Hill), Florence Gay Octavia, Blance Winefred Wynn (married Perceval Currey), and Alice Helena Alexander. He died in 1869 and was succeeded by his eldest son, William Edward Wynn, Esquire of Dendraeth Castle, Wales, who was born in 1842. He died and was succeeded by his brother, Arthur Osmond Williams, Esquire of Dendraeth Castle, county Merioneth, Wales, who was born in March 1849, was educated at Eton, and was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant. The Williams Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Williams Family Crest) has the following heraldic blazon: Quarterly: 1st and 4th, gules, a lion rampant within a bordure indented or; 2nd and 3rd, azure, a chevron between three dolphins argent.
Williams of Herringston
This branch of the Williams family tree begins with John Williams, Esquire, son of John of Dorchester, who lived at Herringston and was born in 1473. He married Margery, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Baker of Lyme and later Alice, daughter of Alexander Cheney of the Isle of Sheppy. He died in 1549 and was succeeded by his elder son, Robert. This Robert was an Esquire of Herringston, a High Sheriff born in 1509. He married Anne, daughter of Henry Trenchard of Lytchet, and had a daughter with her named Jane (who married Robert Bingham). He later married Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas de la Lynde, with whom he had three daughters and one son. He died in 1569 and was succeeded by his only son, Sir John Williams, Knight of Herringston, who was born in 1545. He became a High Sheriff of Dorset. He married Eleanor, daughter of Henry Uvedale of More Critchel, and had four sons with her. His second son was Robert Williams, Esquire, who married Mary, daughter and heir of John Argenton of Shitterton, and had issue with her. He was succeeded by his son Lewis. This Lewis was born in 1604 and later married Honor, daughter of Robert Grove of Ferne. He died in 1656 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Robert. In 1658, this Robert married Margery, daughter of John Browne of Frampton. His son was John Williams, Esq. of Herringston, who was born in 1660. John was a Major in the King’s Service. In 1678, he married Margaret, daughter and heiress of Thomas Fulford of Thorn St. Margaret, and had numerous issue with her including: John (married Jane Sydenham of Combe, had son named Sydenham), Robert (progenitor of the Williamses of Moor Park and Bridehead), Elizabeth (married George Yeate of Dorchester and later Roger Clavell of Steble of the Isle of Purbeck, Anne (married John Tucker of Nash and later Reverend John Jacob, Vicar of Fordington), Margaret (married John Bond of Tynham, Isle of Purbeck), Susan (married Reverend Henry Fisher), and Honor (married Stephen Williams of Plymouth). He died in 1722 and was succeeded by his grandson, Sydenham Williams of Herringston, who married Agnes, daughter of Nicholas Forward of Moor House, Devon, and had issue with her as follows: Thomas (heir), John (married Merriel Horner), Ellery (married St. Barbe Sydenham of Combe), Agnes (married John Sabine of Muckleford), Margaret, and Jane (married Hamilton Blair). He was the Governor of Portland Castle and High Sheriff Dorset. He died in 1757 and was succeeded by his eldest son Thomas. Thomas was an Esquire of Herringston who was born in 1728 and later married Jane, daughter of Sir Edward Wilmot of Chaddesden, and had issue with her named Sarah Agnes (married J. Leatham), Jane (married Adair Hawkins of London), and Edward. His son Edward, in 1796, married Anne, daughter and heir of James Flyn of Swainswick, Somerset, and had the following children with her: Anne, Jane, Jemima (married Major Pigott Ince), and James Wilmot (married Elizabeth Anne Magenis, had issue named Edward Wilmot, Albert Henry Wilmot, Ashley George Wilmot, Florence Elizabeth Wilmot, Gerturde Mary Wilmot, and Ellery Bessie Wilmot). Edward Wilmot Williams was an Esquire of Herringston, Dorset, England, who was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and a member of the Bengal Cavalry who was born in 1826. In 1862, he married Sophia O’Grady, daughter of Standish, Viscount of Guillamore, and had four issue with her: Berkeley Cole Wilmot, Ashley Paget Wilmot, Meriel Gertrude Wilmot, and Huldah Gwladys. The Williams Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Williams Family Shield by some) is blazoned in heraldry as follows: Argent, a greyhound courant in fess sable between three Cornish choughs proper within a bordure engrailed gules charged with crosses-patee or and bezants alternately. Crest: A man’s arm couped at the elbow habited sable, charged with a cross-patee or, the hand proper holding an oak branch vert fructed gold. Motto: Nil soldium.
Williams of Bridehead
This branch of the Williams family tree begins with Robert Williams, Esq. of Charminster, son of John, who was born in 1694. He married (secondly) Anne Shaw of Manchester, and had the following issue with her: John (of Avery Hatch, married Anne Guy), Thomas (of Warfield Lodge, married Elizabeth Topsel of Bracknell), George (of Bath, married Mary Beer), Robert, Stephen (of Russell Place, married Charlotte D’Oyly), Margaret (married Samuel Pedding), Elizabeth (married Henry Pouncey), and Honor (married Francis Chassereau of St. Marylebone). His son, Robert Williams of Moor Park, Herts, and of Bridehead, Dorset, was a Banker in London, High Sheriff, and Member of Parliament for Dorchester. In 1764, he married a daughter of Francis Chassereau, and had the following issue with her: Robert, William (of Belmont House, Surrey, and Portland Place, London, Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcomb Regis, married Anne Rashleight, had issue with her including Charles Montagu, Herbert, Ann, Harriett, and Sophia) and. His eldest son Robert, Esq. of Bridehead, was a Banker, and Member of Parliament for Dorchester who was born in 1767. In 1794, he married Frances, daughter of John Turner of Putney, and had one daughter and one son with her: Fanny (married Arthur Henry Dyke Troyte of Huntsham Court, had issue) and Robert. His son Robert Williams, Esquire of Bridehead, Dorset, England, was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and High Sheriff, as well as a Member of Parliament, who was born in 1811. In 1847, he married Anne, daughter of Reverend J.W. Cunningham, and fathered five children with her: Robert (married Rosa Walker Symes, had issue named Robert, John Nathaniel, Mary Anne France, Margaret Emily Jane, Rosa Ruth, and Rachel Sophia), John Arthur, Mary Frances Sophia, Fanny Louisa, and Mary Anne.
Sir Robert Williams, 1st Baronet, son of Robert, was a Deputy Lieutenant, Justice of the Peace, and Member of Parliament for West Dorset, born in 1848. He was created a Baronet in 1915. In 1869, he married Rosa Walker, daughter of Nathaniel Simes of Strook Park, Horsham, and had issue with her: Robert, John Nathaniel, Philip Francis Cunningham (2nd Baronet), Mary Anne Frances, Margaret Emily Jane (married Reverend Frederic Wallis), Rosa Ruth, Rachel Sophia (married Colonel Henry John Madocks of the Royal Welch Fusiliers), and Dorothy Rhoda (married Major Robert Leathan Barclar).
Sir Philip Francis Cunningham Williams, 2nd Baronet, of Bridehead, was educated at Eton, and Trinity College, Oxford, and was born in 1884. He succeeded his father in 1943. In 1908, he married Margaret, daughter of Sir Cutherbert Edgar Peek, and had issue with her as follows: David Philip (served in World War II as a Lieutenant, had daughter named Mary Venetia Honor), Robert Mark Edward (married Juliet Susan Harriet Churchill, had issue named Robert Norrie, John Phillip Mackenzie, and Maria Jane), Nathaneil Roger Cunningham (of the South Rhodesia Regiment), Ann Margaret Augusta (married Edward Fox Hundry), Mary Felicity Rose (married Commander William Godfrey Crawford), Jane Elizabeth Rhoda (married Major Richard Leslie David Weber), Rachel Prunella Peace, Frances Honor Ruth, Eleanor Sarah Joy, and Juliet Dorothea Chassereau.
The coat of arms is blazoned in heraldry as follows: Argent, a greyhound between three Cornish choughs proper sable, beaked and membered purpure, on a bordure engrailed gules, four crosses formee or between as many bezants. Crest: A dexter arm couped, the sleeve barry of four sable and argent charged with a cross formee per fesse counterchanged between four bezants, the hand proper grasping a branch of oak vert, fructed or. Motto: Nil solldum.
Williams of Woolland House
William Montague, son of Charles Montagu Williams and Anna Maria Scott, was an Esquire of Woolland House, Dorset, as well as a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and High Sheriff, born in 1826. In 1857, he married Sophia Elizabeth, daughter of Reverend L. Foot, Rector of Long Bredy, and had four children with her: Montagu Scott, Herbert, Eustace, and Arthur Scott. For lineage and arms, see Williams of Bridehead.
Williams of Malvern Hall
This branch of the Williams family tree is a branch of the Williamses of South Lees that lived in Lugwardine and Much Markle, county Hereford. John Williams, Esq., in 1772, married Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Best of Holy Cross. He died in 1793, leaving a son named John. This John Williams was an Esquire of Pitmaston, county Worcester, England (modern day United Kingdom) who was a High Sheriff in 1823, Justice of the Peace, and Deputy Lieutenant. In 1800, he married Dorothy, daughter of Reverend Henry Wigley, of Pensham House, and fathered four children with her: John Wigley (married Marie Dolores Catalina Blancho or Cortes), Francis Edward (of Malvern Hall), Elizabeth Mary, and Jane Dorothy (married Thomas Baynton). He died in 1853 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Francis Edward Williams. Francis Edward Williams, Esquire of Malvery Hall, county Warwick, and Derriana Lodge, county Kerry was born in 1804 and because a Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff. In 1838, he married Ann, daughter and co-heiress of Henry Greswolde, and had issue with her as follows: Wigley Greswolde (Justice of the Peace born 1839), John Francis Williams Greswold (of Henwick Grange, married Mary Ann Jane Bund Willis), Henry Edward, and Edmund William Makepeace. The Williams Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Williams Family Crest) is blazoned as follows in heraldry: Gyrony and eight pieces, ermine and ermine and ermine a lion rampant or, gutte de sang. Crest: Between two spears erect proper a Talbot passant per pale ermine and ermines. They were seated at Malvern Hall, Solihuil, county Warwick, and Derriana Lodge, Waterville, county Kerry.
Williams of Llangibby Castle
This is an ancient Welsh family, which descends from Caradog Vraichvras, Lord of Gloucester (475-550 AD). The Williams genealogy begins with Roger Williams, Esquire of Llangibby Castle and the The Priory at Usk, county Monmouth, who was the son of William Jones, and grandson of John Thomas. This was granted lands in county Monmouth, Wales in 1543. His arms were: Gyronny of eight, ermine and sable, a lion rampant or; crest, on a wreath argent and sable, a hound (or Talbot) passant, per pale, ermine and or. He was Sheriff for county Monmouth. He married Dorothy, daughter of Sir George Baynham, Knight of Cicarwell Court, county Gloucester, and left two sons and four daughters. His successor was Sir Rowland William, Knight of Llangibby Castle who was a High Sheriff who married Cecil, daughter of Sir Edward Mansel of Margam, and had issue with her, including a daughter named Jane )married Sir Nicholas Kemeys) and a son and heir named Charles. This Sir Charles Williams was a Knight of Llangibby, who married (secondly) Anne, daughter of Sir John Trevor of Teg, and had two sons and two daughters with her. He died in 1641 and was succeeded by his eldest son son Trevor. Trevor was an Esquire of Llangibby, who was created a Baronet in September of 1642. He married Elizabeth, daughter and sole heir of Thomas Morgan, Esq. of Machen and Tredegar, and had issue with her. His grandson was named John. This Sir John Williams, Baronet of Llangibby, son of Thomas and Delarivers Morgan, married Temperance Rumsey, and had three daughters with her: Ellen (heiress), Mary (married Francis Herbert), and Delarivers. He died in 1738 and was succeeded by his half brother, Sir Leonard. This Sir Leonard died in 1758, at which point the estates devolved to his eldest daughter, Ellen. In 1748, this Ellen William married William Addams, at which time Mr. Addams assumed the additional surname of Williams. They had four issue together as follows: William (his heir), Reverend John Addams (Rector of Llangibby), Trevor Addams, Reverend Thomas Addams (Vicar of Usk, had issue named Thomas and William). William Addams later married Annabella, daughter of Samuel Mars of Clapham, and had six children with her as follows: Frederick, Reverend Arthur (Vicar of Llanbaddock), Annabella, Frances, Mary (married Charles Marsh), Emma (married Reverend James Sydney Darvell), and Catherine (married James Boulton). He died in 1866 and was succeeded by his son William. This William Addams-Williams was an Esquire of Llangibby Castle, who in 1787, married Caroline, daughter of Samuel Mars, Esq. of Clapham, and had the following issue with her: William, Henry, John (of Penarth House), Samuel Trevor (married Eliza Thomas, had son named John Trevor), Reverend Charles (Rector of Llangibby, married Anna Maria Rodie), Edward (1802), Ellen Annabella (married Thomas Richards), Caroline, Mary (married her cousin, W.A. Williams of Monmouth). He died in 1824 and was succeeded by his eldest son, William. This William was an Esquire of Llangibby Castle, born in 1787, who became Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and Member of Parliament. In 1818, he married Anna Louisa, eldest daughter of Reverend Iltyd Nicholl of The Ham, Glamorgan, Wales, and had the following children with her: William (of Llangibby Castle), Louisa Caroline (married Reverend William Evans, Vicar of Usk), Caroline Frances (married Revered Edward Addams-Williams), and Augusta Maria Marsh. He died in 1861. His son William Addams-Williams was an Esquire of Llangibby Castle, county Monmouth, a Justice of the Peace, born in 1820. In 1850, he married Catherine, daughter of Thomas Cooke of Llantarnam Cottage, Monmouth, Wales, having ten issue with her: Rowland, Herbert, Arthur, Harold, Godfrey, Albert, George, Florence, Mary, and Edith. The Williams Coat of Arms is blazoned in heraldry as follows: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gyronny of eight ermine and sable, a lion rampant or, for Williams; 2nd and 3rd, ermine, a chevron vaire or and azure between three roses gules barbed and seeded proper, for Addams. Crests: 1st, a hound or talpbot passant per pale ermine and or, for Williams; 2nd, A griffin’s head erased armed and beaked gules, surmounted by a chevron as in the arms, for Addams. Motto: En suivant la verite. This branch of the family tree was seated at Llangibby Castle near Usk and Monmouth, Pembroke, Clifton, Bristol.
Williams of Coldbrook Park
Ferdinand Hanbury-Williams, Esquire of Coldbrook Park, county Monmouth, Wales, was born in 1799 and was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant, who in 1825, married Elizabeth Ann Packington, daughter of William Russell, and fathered the following three children with her: Ferndinand Capel (of Nant Oer, Lieutenant of the 17th Lancers and Captain in the Turkish Contingent Cavalary, married Lucy Anna Wheeley, had issue named Ferdinand Pakington, Richard Capel, Frances Anne Josephine, Ada Lucy), Mary (married James Davies of the Garth), and Annette Georgina (married Henry Grattan Bushe of Trinidad, West Indies). He secondly married Elizabeth Jane, daughter of John Pomeroy McRobert, and had four issue with her as well: Charles, Frances, John (Lieutenant 43rd Light Infantry), Elizabeth (married Henry Lewis Brooke Langford Brooke, Captain Light Infantry). The lineage of this family, as well as that of Ponty Pool Park, derive from the House of Hanbury of Hanbury, who settled in county Worcester, England during the time of the Norman Conquest during the eleventh century AD, and are of Saxon descent. George Hanbury Williams, Esq. of Coldbrook, son of John Hanbury and Bridget Ayscough, assumed the surname of Williams at the decease of his brother, Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, and had six issue with her. The Williams arms for this family are blazoned as follows: Or, a bend engrailed vert plain cottised sable (a crescent for distinction). Crest: Out of a mural crown sable a demi-lion rampany or, holding a poleaxe also sable spiked and headed gold (a crescent for distinction). Motto: Si non datur. They were seated at Coldbrook Park, near Abergavenny, county Monmouth, Wales.
Williams of Penpont
The original ancestor of progenitor of this branch of the Williams family tree was Sir Thomas, or Sir Chard Boleyne or Bullen, a knight of Bernard Newmarch, a Norman chieftain, who conquered Brecknock from Rhys ap Tewdwr, the Prince of South Wales. Generations later came Reverend Thomas Williams, Vicar of Llanspydidd, son of William ap Philip ap Richard Lawrence ap John ap Lawrence Bullen, who married Anne, daughter of Thomas Stonies of Even-jobb, and prior to his 1613 death, had four daughters and a son. His son was Reverend Daniel Williams, Vicar of Llanspyddid, who married Sarah, daughter of John Lewis of Ffrwdgrech, and had issue with her as follows: Reverend Thomas of Abercamlais (married Anne Jeffreys, had numerous issue), John, Reverend Edward (lived in St. David’s, married Elizabeth Lewis, had son named Edward), Richard (married Margaret Morgan of Llannerch Bledri, had issue named Richard, Captain Thomas, Daniel, Edward, and Reverend Tobias Williams). His second son, Reverend John, married Margaret, daughter of Reverend Hugh Penry, and had sons including John, Penry, and Daniel with her. His son, Daniel Williams, Esq., married (firstly), Blanche, daughter and co-heir of Hoo Games of Newton, and by her, with whom he acquired that and other estates, had an only son who died before attaining his majority. He secondly married Syblin, daughter of George Gwyn of Llanelwedd, and had ten children with her as follows: Gwyn, Daniel, Penry, George, Rowland (lived in London), John (lived in Bristol), Joan (married George Bowen of Wolfsdale), Sibil (married Richard Russell of Hereford), Anna, Elinor (married Edward Williams of Frwdgrech). His third son, Pentry, Esq. of Penpont, married Anna Anna, daughter of Samuel Sheppard of Minchinhampton, and had six issue with her: Philip, Penry, Sibil, Sarah (married Reverend John Williams of Abercamlais), Catherine (married Edward Morgan), and Anne Jane (married Richard Williams of Aberbran). His second son, Penry, married Ann, daughter of Thomas Smith of Stoke, and had the following children with her: Thomas, Philip, Samuel, William, Elizabeth (married Richard Davis), Anne (married Venerable John Williams, Archdeacon of Cardigan, Wales), Mary Catherine, and Martha (married Francis Edwards of Haverfordwest). He died in 1781 at the age of 67. His second son was Philip Williams, Esq. of Penpont. He first married Anne, daughter and heiress of Edward Williams of Llangattoe and had a daughter with her named Anne (married Osborne years of Monksmill). He secondly married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of John Osborne of Gloucester, having a daughter with her named Elizabeth, and a son named Penry. This son Penry was an Esquire of Penpont, who in 1804, married Maria, daughter of Samuel Years of Monksmill, and had issue with her: Penry, Philip Penry (of Stoke House, Tenbury, married Charlotte Hamilton Seymour, daughter of Captain Francis E. of the Royal Navy, and had issue with her named Philip Seymour, Reverend Seymour Years, Arthur Penry, Francis A’Deane, Edward Osborne, Claude St. Maur, Charlotte Maria, Isabel Katherine Mary, Alice Clarence) and Anna Maria. His son Penry Williams, Esquire of Penpont, county Brecon, was born in 1807 and educated at Oxford. He was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and High Sheriff 1848. In 1832, he married Anne, daughter of Thomas Downes of Hereford, and had the following issue with her: Penry Boleyne (1838), Philip Downes (1840), James Osborne (1844), Anne Maria, Elizabeth Anna, Fanny Katherine, Adelaide Mary, and Blanche Emily. The blazon for the armorial bearing of this family is as follows: Quarterly: 1st and 4th, sable, three spear-heads argent for Williams; 2nd and 3rd, argent, three bulls’ heads couped the neck sable, for Bullen. Crests: 1st, Williams: A goat head couped proper; 2nd, Bullen: A bulls’ head couped at the neck sable. This Welsh family was seated at Penpont, Brecon, Wales.
Williams of Temple House
Thomas Williams, Esquire of Llanidan, Anglesey, Wales, son of Owen Williams and Jane Lloyd, in 1788, purchased Temple Mills and was a Member of Parliament from 1790 to 1802. He married Catherine Lloyd and had the following children with her: Owen, John (married Elizabeth Currie), Mary, Jane (married Major-General W. Wheatley), and Amma (married Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Knox and later Lieutenant General Sir Henry Campbell). He died in 1802 and was succeeded by his son, Owen. This son Owen was an Esquire of Temple House, born in 1764, who became a Member of Parliament for Marlow, and in 1792, married Margaret, daughter of Edward Hughes of Kinmel Park, having two sons with her: Thomas Peers and Owen Edward. He died in 1832 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Peers Williams, a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieuteant, who commanded the Royal Anglesey Militia, and was also a Member of Parliament for Great Marlow. He was born in 1795, and in August 1835, he married Emily, daughter of Anthony Bacon, and had the following issue with her: Owen Lewis Cope (Temple House), Margaret Elizabeth (married Mostyn Williams-Bulkeley), Emily Gwendoline (married Viscount Dang), Edith (married Heneage, Earl of Aylesford), Blanche Mary (married Lord Charles Johnson). He died in 1875. His son Owen Lewis Cope Williams, Esquire of Temple House, Berks, England and Craigh-y-Don, was a Colonel in command of the Royal Horse Guards was born in 1836. In 1862, he married Fanny Florence, daughter of St. George Francis Caulfeild of Donamon Castle. The Williams Coat of Arms (erroneously called the Williams Family Crest or Williams Family Shield) has the following heraldic blazon: Argent, a chevron sable, between three Cornish choughs proper each with an ermine spot in the bill. Crest: A Cornish chough proper holding in his dexter claw a fleur-de-lis or. Motto: Duw a ddarpar i’r Brain (God feedeth ravens). They were seated at Temple House, Great Marlow and Craig-y-D-Anglesey.
Temple House, demolished 1910
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Peers Williams
Williams of Treffos
The Williams genealogy begins with John Williams of Treffos, Barrister-at-Law, son of Revered John and Eleanor Willans, who in 1808, married Elizabeth Jane Winter, daughter of Captain William Goddard of the Royal Navy, and had issue with her as follows: Thomas Norris, John Vincent Hawkesley (Colonel of the Carnarvonshire Militia, married Phoebe Susanna Howard, had children named Thomas Vincent, Robert Manners, Philip John, Christopher George, Phoebe Susanna, and Philippa), and Elizabeth Eleanor Mary (married Captain Charles Stanhope Jones of the 59th Regiment). His son Reverend Thomas Norris Williams of Trefoss, Anglesey, Wales, was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and Rector of Llanddeiniolen, born in 1808. He married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Reverend Richard Coytmore Howard, and had had issue with her as follows: John Robert (married Emily Marston, had sons named Alured Humphrey and Myles John Courage), Richard Francis (Captain Royal Artillery, married Laura Smith, had daughter Gwendolen Mary), Ralph Champneys (married Jessie, daughter of S. Dean, had son named Geoffrey Champneys), Mary Elizabeth Dorothea (married Lieutenant Colonel Eubule Daysh Thelwall), and Emma Margaret Barbara. He later married Georgiana, daughter of Reverend George Bethell. The Williams Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Williams Family Crest) is blazoned in the European art of heraldry as follows: Same arms as Williams of Temple House. Motto: Duw a ddapar ir brain, also Duw mi dy Ras. The family seat was at Treffos, Bangor, county Anglesey, Wales.
Williams of Bryntirion
The lineage of this family begins with David Williams, Esq. of Rhayader, who had three sons: Reverend John, Reverend Jonathan, and Reverend Henry (founded a Lectureship at Rhayader Church). His eldest son was Reverend John Williams, who married Abigail, daughter and co-heir of Evan Evans of Noyadd Cwmdanddwr, county Radnor, and had two sons and two daughters with her: John, Evan (had six children), Mary Ann (married Dr. West, had a daughter who married Dr. James of Presteign), and a daughter (married W. Jones of Weedon). His eldest son was Reverend John Williams, Vicar of Spelsbury, county Oxford, England, and also of Radnor, who was born in 1797. In 1840, he married Jane, widow of John Patterson of Devon, England, and had one son and one daughter with her: Samuel Charles Evans and Mary Elizabeth (married Herbert Owen Johnes of Garthmyl, had issue). His son Samuel Charles Evans Williams, Esquire of Bryntirion, county Radnor, was born in May of 1842, and in 1867, he married Mary Carline, daughter of Henry William Robinson Luttman-Johnson of Binderton House, and had issue with her as follows: Florence Maura, Mary Margaret, Caroline Josephine, Elizabeth Alice, Clara Joan, and Gwladys Abigail. The coat of arms for this family is blazoned as follows in heraldry: Quarterly: 1st and 4th, sable, three nags' heads erased argent; 2nd, or chevron between three boars’ heads or, erased (tincure?); 3rd, gules, a lion rampant or. Crest: A boar’s head erased. Motto: Deo fidelis et regi.
Thomas Edward Williams, Baron Williams, of Ynyshir, county Glamorgan, was a Justice of the Peace educated at Secondary Schools and Ruskin College, who was born in 1892 and served on the Woolwich Borough Countil. He was created Baton Williams of Ynyshir, Glamorgan, Wales, in 1948. In 1921, he married Lavina Mary, daughter of Charles Northam, and had a daughter with her named Gwenerth Mary (born 1927, married Hugh S. Eadie of Gidea Park, Romford, Essex, England).
Williams of Bodelwyddan
Sir Hugh Grenville Williams, 6th Baronet, of Bodelwyddan, county Flint, was born in 1889 and educated at Malvern. He served in the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry in World War I. He married Charlotte Kebbell, and later Maud Beatrice Fraser Marie, daughter of Comte de Marillac St. Julien, and had a son named Hugh Richard Grenville (born 1927). The lineage goes back to John Williams of Chester, a Barrister-at-Law, son of Sir William Williams. He married Catherine, daughter of Sir Hugh Owen of Orielton, with whom he had numerous issue. His eldest surviving son was John Williams of Bodelwyddan, Chief Justice of Brecon, Glamorgan, and Radnor Wales in 1741. He married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Henry Bennett. He died in 1788. His son was Bennett Williams, born in 1725, who in 1758, married Sarah, daughter of Roger Hesketh or Rossall, county Lancaster with whom he had five issue as follows: Sir John (1st Baronet), Reverend William Williams-Edwards (Rector of St. George, married Jennett, daughter of Edward Edwards of Cerrigllewydion in Llanyns), and Roger Hesketh Fleetwood (married Elizabeth Statham, had daughters named Emma and Margaret). His eldest son, Sir John Williams, 1st Baronet, succeeded his grandfather in 1788 and was created a Baronet in 1798. In 1791, he married Margaret, daughter and heiress of High Williams of Tyfry, and had t daughters and sons with her as follows: Sir John Hay (2nd Baronet), Sir Hugh (3rd Baronet), William (married Arabella Pretyman and later Marlan Scott, had issue named Lawrence, and others), Margaret (married 8th Baron Williughby de Broke), Mary Elizabeth (married George Lucy), and Ellen (married William Owen Stanley). He died in 1830 and was succeeded by his son Sir John Hay Williams-Hay, 2nd Baronet, born in 1794, who assumed the additional name of Hay, in 1842, married Lady Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of the 1st Earl of Amherst. He had the following issue with her: Margaret Marla (married Sir Edmund Hope Verney) and Maude Sarah (married Frederic William Verney). He died in 1859 and was succeeded by his brother Hugh. Sir High Williams, 3rd Baronet, was born in 1802. In 1843, he married Henrietta Charlotte, daughter of Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 5th Baronet of Wynnstay, and had two daughter and five sons: Sir William Grenville (4th Baronet), Watkin Herbert (married Alice Monckton), Robert ap Hugh (of Plas Llwyn, Lieutenant Colonel Royal Anglesey Militia), Owen John (Captain Denbighshire Yeomanry Cavalry), and Charles Henry Bennett (of Eyrl, St. Asap, Captain Major 4th Bn. Oxfordshire, served in South Africa, married Mabel Emma Boscawen). The coat of arms for this family is blazoned as follows: Argent, two foxes, counter-salient in saltire gules, a crescent for difference. Crest: An eagle displayed or: Motto: Cadarn ar cyfrwys.
Sir John Williams of Bodelwyddan
Wynnstay (1749-1789), Seat of Williams-Wynn baronets
Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 3rd Baronet (c. 1692-1749)
Williams of Deudraeth
The lineage of this branch of the Williams family tree begins with William Jones of Hirdre, Llangoed, who married Gwen Hughes. Their eldest son was John of Saethon, Carnarvon, born in 1713. In 1742, he married Ann, daughter of Robert Davids of Lonfydr and had seven issue with her. His eldest son was David Williams of Lonfydr and Saethon, born 1753. In 1792, he married Jane, daughter of Edward Jones, and had four daughters and five sons with her, the five sons as follows: Edward (surgeon at Bala), John (of Llanfyllin, married Anne Smith), David, Robert (of Penrhynisso), and Abraham Jones (Sheriff of Carnarvon, married Sarah Elizabeth Margaret Parry). His third son, David Williams, was of Deudreath Castle, county Merioneth, Wales, a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, and Member of Parliament born in 1799. In 1841, he married Annie Louisa Loveday, daughter of William Williams of Pennarthuchaf, and had the following children with her: William Edward Wynne, Sir Arthur Osmond (Baronet), Edward Herbert Vychan (married Rosa Dymock), Edmund Trevor Loyd (married Alice Le Poer Fullerton), Llewellyn Leonard Bulkeley (married Antonia Beavan), Angharad Wynn (married Augustus Henry Reid), Dora Louisa (married Romer Williams of Dolmelynllyn), Fanny Caroline (married John Bell), Harriet Gertrude (married Robert Clover Beazley), Florence Gay Octavia (married Sir Ernest de la Rue), Blanche Winefred Wynn (married Perceval Currey), and Alice Helena Alexander. The eldest surviving son, Sir Arthur Osmond Williams, 1st Baronet, was Constable of Harlech Castle, Lord Lieutenant, county Merioneth, as well as a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant, Member of Parliament, and Colonel in the Merionethshire Volunteer Regiment, who was born in 1849 and created a baronet in 1909. In 1880, he married Frances Evelyn, daughter of John Whitehead Greaves of Bericote, and had five issue with her: David Osmond Deudraeth, Osmond Trahairn Deudraeth (Captain Welsh Guards and Lieutenant of the 19th Hussars who served in the South African War, married Lady Gladys Margaret Finch-Hatton, had son named Sir Michael Osmond, 2nd Baronet, and Elizabeth Anne), Lawrence Trevor Graves (Captain who served in World War I), Evelyn Olwen (married Major General Sir Nevill Maskelyne Smyth). He died in 1927 and was succeeded by his grandson. Sir Michael Osmond Williams, 2nd Baronet, of Castle Deudraeth and of Borthwen, was born in 1914. He succeeded his grandfather in 1927. He served in World War II and was a Major in the Scots Grey. In 1947, he married Benita Mary, daughter of G. Henry Booker of Chesterfield House, and had a daughter with her named Sarah Therea Cerdiwen (born 1948). The Williams armorial is blazoned as follows: Argent, a chevron between two pierced mullets in chief and a stag trippant in base, all sable. Crest: A gryphon sergeant sable holding between the forepaws a stag’s head cabossed or.
Williams of Glyndwr
The Williams ancestry of this line begins with Evan Williams of Bryn, Llanelly who died in 1852. His son was Thomas of Llwyn-Gwern, Pontardulais who was born in 1841. In June of 1862, he married Mary, daughter of Henry Harry of Llwynhendy, and had three daughters and the following two sons: Sir Evan (Baronet) and Henry (married Edith Alice Fox of Harrogate). Sir Evan Williams, 1st Baronet, of Glyndwr, in the parish of Llanedy, county Carmarthen, was born in 1871 and educated at Christ’s College and Clare College Cambridge, and became a Deputy Lieutenant, Justice of the Peace, and High Sheriff. He was created a Baronet in 1935. In 1903, he married Charlotte Mary, daughter of David Lackie, Justice of the Peace, of Montrose. The Williams Coat of Arms has the following heraldic blazon: Per chevron sable and or, in chief two doves each holding in the beak a sprig of olive proper, and in base a dragon passant gules. Crest: Issuant of a mural crown or, a demi-lion argent, holding in the paws a flambeau or, fired proper, and gorged with a collar sable. Motto: Nid da Ile gellir gwell.
Williams of Tregullow
Sir William Law Williams, 8th Baronet, of Tregullow, Cornwall, England was born in 1907 and educated at Sherborne and St. John’s College Cambridge. He was a Captain of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He succeeded his father in 1921. He descended from a family of Welsh origin, and the tradition is that two brothers, whose names are found on early monuments, moved to Cornwall to pursue mining in the early 1700s. The elder brother was named John Williams, who was born around 1684, and settled at Burncoose, Gwennap in 1715. He died in 1761 leaving two issue: Thomasine Paynter and Michael Williams. The later was born in 1730 at Bunrcoose. In 1752, Michael married Susanna, daughter of Henry Harris of Cusgarne, and he had issue with her. Their eldest son was John Williams, of Burncoose and Scorrier House, who purchased the manor of Calstock, Devon, England in 1806. He was born in 1753, and in 1776, he married Catherine, daughter of Martin Harvey and Catherine Bawden of Kenwyn, and he had issue with her, including: Michael (of Scorrier House and Caerhays Castle, married Elizabeth Eales), Edward (married Elizabeth Foote), and Sir William (1st Baronet). He died in 1841. His son was Sir William Williams, 1st Baronet, a High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant who was born in 1791. He was created a Baronet of 1866. In 1826, he married Caroline, daughter of Richard Eagles, with whom he had issue, including: William John, Sir Frederick Marin (2nd Baronet), Richard Michael (Lieutenant Colonel, 3rd Hussars, married Georgiana Sophia Phillpotts, had children named William Phillpotts and Lionael Arthur), Arthur Edward, and Charles Henry Basset (of Pilton House, Umberleigh, and Watermouth Castle, Devon, married Harriet Mary Basset, had issue named Walter Basset), Michael (Orien College), and Catherine Anne (married Lieutenatn-Colonel James Hornby Buller of Donw Hall). He died in 1870 and was succeeded by his eldest surviving son, Sir Frederick Martin Williams, 2nd Baronet. Frederick was a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall and Deputy-Warden of the Stannaries, as well as a Member of Parliament for Truro, born in 1830. In 1858, he married Mary Christian, daughter of Reverend Robert Vanbrugh Law, and had issue with her, including: Sir William (3rd Baronet), Sir Frederick Law 97th Baronet), Edward Harvey (Justice of Peace for Cornwall, married Annie Caroline Molesworth-St. Aubyn), Reverend Leonard Alfred (Pembroke College, married Margaret Hay Cameron, had children named David Cameron, Michael Leonard, and Margaret), Ernest Martyn (married Leila Coultls, had children named Ernest Clause, Percival Martyn, Edward Law, Beatrice Lavinia, and Matilda Maud), Victor George (M.D., married Elizabeth Baker of Winnipeg, Canada, had issue named Frederick Martyn Charles, Victor George Bertram, Marion Christian Victoria, and Dorothy Ellensborough), and Betram Leopold (Bank of Montreal, Vancouver, British Columbia, married Vera Mary Venables, had children named William Bertram, Claude Martin, Peter Robert). Sir Frederick died in 1878 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir William Robert Williams, 3rd Baronet, of Tregullow, Cornwall, Deputy Lieutenant for Devon, and Captain of the 3rd Bridgage W. Div. R.A. who was born in 1860. In 1881, he married Matilda Frances, daughter of Edmund Beauchamp, and had the following issue with her: Sir William Frederick (4th Baronet), Frederick William (5th Baronet), Burton Robert (6th Baronet), and Frances Maria (married Captain John Franklin Richardson). The Williams Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Williams Family Crest) is blazoned as follows: Vair, three crescents or. Crest: A demi-eagle azure, with wings elevated sable, each wing charged with four bezants. Motto: Nil desperandum. The family seat was Heanton-Punchardson, Braunton, North Devon, and Upcott, Barnstable, North Devon. They resides at Westervombe Cottage in Braunton.
The lineage goes back to the Rightr Honorable Sir Ellis William Hume-Williams, 1st Baronet, who was born in 1886. He was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and was a Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw. He was the son of Joseph William Hum-Williams and Agnes Charter. He married Lucy Annette, daughter of Theodor Satow, of Riga, Russia, and had a son with her named Roy. Sir Roy Hume-Williams, 2nd Baronet, of Ewhurst, county Surrey, England was born in 1887 and educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He succeeded his father in 1947. In 1915, he married Norah, daughter of David Anderson of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The family had the following blazon in heraldry: Per chevron or and sable, in chief two demi-lions rampant and erased of the last, and in base a cross-bow bent palewise argent, the arrow of the first. Crest: A lion rampant sable, gorged with a collar suspended therefrom by its chains a portcullis or, and holding between the paws a bird bolt erect argent, headed and flighted gold. Motto: Pax quaeritur bello. This branch of the Williams family tree resided at Yew Trees, White Lane, Guildford, Surrey, England.
Sir Rhys Rhys-Williams, 1st Baronet, of Miskin, in Llantrisant, county Glamorgan, who was a Jystice of the Peace and Vice Lieutenant born in 1865. He was a Captain, Major, and Lieutenant-Colonel. He was acting Military Attache at Tehran. He served in World War I. He was created a Baronet in 1918. He married Juliette Evangelgine, daughter of Clayton Louis Glyn of Durrington House, and had issue with her as follows: Glyn David Rhys (Captain in the Welsh Guards, served in World War II, killed in North Africa), Brandon Meredith Rhys (2nd Lieutenant of the Welsh Guards), Susan Eleanor (married Sir Geoffrey Leo Simon Davson), and Marion Elspeth. The lineage begins with David Williams, of Miskin Manor, Llantrisant, and of Aberdate, county Glamorgan, Wales, who was a famous poet (known as Alaw Goch) born in 1862. He had a son named Judge Gwilym Williams. He was a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace. He was a Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple, who was born in 1839. In December 1864, he married Emma Eleanor, daughter of William Williams of Aberpergwm, Neath, and had four issue with her as follows: Sir Rhys (Baronet), Jestyrn (Major Monmouthshire Regiment, married Mary Elizabeth Gwyn, daughter of Joseph Edward Moore-Gwyn of Dyffryn), Arthur Stuart (Captain of the R.H.A., Chief Constable of West Sussex), and Enid Mau (married Brigadier General Charles Herbert Rankin). The Williams Arms is blazoned as follows: Per chevron argent and gules in chief two cocks of the second, and in base as many chevronels of the first. Crest: Between two fleurs-de-lis argent a goat’s head couped sable with curved horns or. Motto: Llafur orfu bobpeth.
Other Williams Pedigree & Family Trees
One of the earliest known ancestor or progenitors of this family was Einion Ap Owne, who was born in Ceredigion, Cardinganshire, Wales in 1120 AD. The following is a pedigree from him:
Gwrgeneu Ap Einion (Ceredigion, Wales, 1150 AD)
Gwrgeneu Fychan ap Gwrgeneu (1190 AD)
Gwrgan ap Gwrgeneu (Ceredigion, Cardiganshire, Wales, 1210 AD)
Llywarch Ap Gwrgan (Cibr, Wales)
Gronwy ap Llywarch (Montgomeryshire, Wales, 1164 AD)
Gronwy "Fychan" Gronwy (Montgomeryshire, 1200 AD)
Rhun Ap Gronwy (Cibwr, 1270 AD)
Madog Ap Rhun (Cibwr, Senghennydd, Glamorgan, Wales, 1331 AD)
Hywel Lord of Ribour Ap Madog (Liansisen, 1383 AD)
Morgan Ap Hywel (Whitchurch, Wales 1409 AD)
Ieuan Ap (Jevan ap) Morgan (Whitchurch 1437)
William ap Ieuan formerly Yeven (Lanishen, Wales, 1443)
Morgan Cromwell formerly Williams (born Lanishen, 1465)
Walter Williams (Norwell, Nottinghamshire, England, 1497)
James Williams (born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, 1514)
Mark Williams (St. Albans, England, 1540)
James Williams (St. Albans, 1562)
Sydrack Williams (Newgate Parish, 1600)
Roger Williams (born Herefordshire, England in 1625 AD). Roger went to colonial America and died in Virginia in 1677. He married twice, Jane Riley and Joane Frith, and had the following issue: John, Berry, Shadrach, Susannah, Rebecca, Roger, and Anne. His son Shadrach Williams was born in Richmond, VA in 1667 AD. He married Elizabeth Walker and had three children with her: Roger, Elizabeth, and Henry. His son Roger Joseph Williams was born in North Farnum Parish, Virginia around 1700 AD. He had issue named: Shadrack, Elizabeth, Roger, John, George, Luke, Henry, Abraham, and Sarah.His son Luke Williams was born in Richmond, BA in 1738. He married Katherine Lucy Barber and had the following issue with her: Thomas, William, Zachariah, Rebecca (Irby), Anne (Irby), and Luke.His son William was born in Virginia in 1770. He married Dorothy Traynham, and had the following children with her: Jordan, Burd, Dianna (Gunnell Rolin), Benjamin, Elizabeth, Wyatt, Savilla (Bridges), William Milton, Lewis Hampton, and Parham Boyd. His son Lewis Hampton Williams was born in South Carolina in 1817. He had a daughter named Roscena Abi was born in Mississippi in 1849 and married James R. Reid, having numerous issue with her prior to her 1920 death in Walthall County.
Early American and New World Settlers
John Williams, age 21, came to Barbados aboard the Hopewell in February 1634.
Owen Williams, age 21, came to Barbados aboard the Hopewell in February 1634.
Maurice Williams, age18, came to Barbados aboard the Peter Bonaventure in 1635.
Davie Williams came to Barbados aboard the Ann & Elizabeth in 1635.
Thomas Williams, age 18, came to St. Christopher’s aboard the Mathew in May 1634.
Anthony Williams, age 14, came to St. Christopher’s aboard the Mathew in May 1634.
Robert Williams, age 44, came to Virginia aboard the Thomas & John in June 1635.
Roger Williams, age 16, came to Bermuda aboard the Truelove in June 1635.
Nathaniel Williams, age 17, came to Bermuda aboard the Truelove in June 1635.
Thomas Williams, age 18, came to Virginia aboard the Transport in July 1634.
William Williams, age 28, came to Virginia aboard the Assurance in July 1635.
Thomas Williams, age 19, came to Virginia aboard the Assurance July 1635.
Robert Williams, age 32, came to Virginia aboard the Primrose in July 1635.
Richard Williams, age 25, came to Virginia aboard the Merchant’s Hope in July 1635.
Humfrey Williams, age 22, came to Virginia aboard the Merchant’s Hope in July 1635.
Richard Williams, age 28, came to Virginia aboard the Merchant’s Hope in July 1635.
Davie Williams, age 24, came to Virginia aboard the Constance in October 1635.
Roger Williams, age 19, came to Virginia aboard the Constance in October 1635.
William Williams, age 25, came to Virginia aboard the Abraham in 1635.
Owen Williams, age 40, came to Virginia aboard the Abraham in 1635.
Joseph Williams, age 17, came to Barbados aboard the Expedition in November 1635.
Ellis Williams, age 18, came to Barbados aboard the Expedition in November 1635.
Richard William, of St. Cullom, age 30, came to St. Christopher’s aboard the Margarett in March 1633.
Teage Williams, an Irishmen, age 18, came to St. Christopher’s aboard the Margarett in March 1633.
Rowland Williams, Esquire, appointed Clerk of the Navy of Leeward Islands, came to the New World in the early seventeenth century.
David Williams was recorded as living in Virginia (att ye Colledg Land) in February 1623.
Thomas Williams was recorded as living in Virginia (At Jordan’s Jorney) in February 1623. He may have been the same Thomas, age 24, who came aboard the Dutie in May of 1618.
Henry Williams was recorded as living in Virginia (At Jordan’s Jorney) in February 1623. He may have been the same Henery who came aboard the Tresuror in 1613 (his wife Susan came in the William & Thomas five years later in 1618).
Hugh Williams was recorded as living in Virginia in February 1623.
Rice Ap Williams was recorded as living in Virginia (at Plantation, James City) in February 1623, as were Robert and Elizabeth Williams.
Rowland Williams was recorded as living in Virginia (At Bucke Row) in February 1623.
Pierce Williams, age 23, came to Virginia aboard the Southampton in 1623.
Edward Williams, age 26, came to Virginia aboard the William & John in 1624.
Roger Williams, age 20, came to Virginia aboard the Southampton in 1622.
Matthew Willioams came to Leward aboard the Old Head in 1678.
Symon Williams came to Leward aboard the Francis in 1679.
Arthur Williams came to Antigua aboard the Hopewell in 1679.
Katharin, daughter of Simon & Ann and Williams (author notes they were “Christian Negroes”) was baptized in June 1678 in the parish of St. Michael’s, Barbados.
Richard Williams and his wife, had three children, two servants, and three slaves in St. Michaell’s in Barbados in 1680.
Other early settlers in colonial America bearing this surname include Richard Williams (Maine 1630), Agnes Williams (Virginia 1717), Elizabeth Williams (Carolina 1724), Alexander Williams (Philadelphia 1746), Alice Williams (Maryland 1749), and Elijah Williams (Massachusetts 1795).
In Canada, one of the earliest settlers bearing this last name was Deborah Williams, who arrived in the province of Nova Scotia in 1750. In Australia, two of the earliest settlers were John and Paul Williams, who came to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833. The former was 22 years old and came from Liverpool, England aboard the Augusta, whereas the later was 50 years old and came from Galway, Ireland aboard the Elizabeth. In New Zealand, a one J. Williams and P. Williams came in 1829.
Henry Howell Williams (1736-1802)
Early Americans Bearing the Williams Family Crest
Charles Bolton’s American Armory (1927) contains 17 entries for this last name:
1) A lion rampant [ ]. Crest: a cock. Bookplate ----- Williams of Mass. Robert Williams' grandson. Rev. Wm., had these arms on silver, and Dr. Thos., brother of Col. Ephraim, had them on a silver seal ring. Seal Jonathan Williams, Jr., U. S. agent, 1777. N.E. Reg., Apr 1880, D. 185. Seal of Rev. John Williams's petition, 1705, to Mass. Gen. Court to repay money advanced by Capt. Sam. Vetch, vol. 11, p. 198c. See beyond.
2) A lion rampant, in chief a label of three points. Ex libris Bertram Williams, 1901. R. D. W[eston] S[mith] delin. Ex libris Bertram & Olive Williams. R. D. W. S., 1900 (No label).
3) A griffin's head erased holding a dexter hand in its beak. Crest: a dexter arm mailed holding a cutlass. Notepaper Miss Cornelia and Miss Anna P. Williams, 1362 Astor St., Chicago.
4) A lion ramp within an orle of nine pheons. Seal on a letter from Roger Williams of R. I. to Mrs. Sadleir, owned by Trinity College, Cambridge. The Roope family use a lion and 8 pheons. Heral. Jour., vol. 3, p. 175. O. S. Straus's Roger Williams, N. Y., 1894.
5) A lion rampant within a bordure. Crest: a cock. Tablet to Robert Williams, who came to Roxbury 1638 and d. 1693. Marble, east wall, north of pulpit in First Church, Eliot Sq., Roxbury, Mass.
6) Argent two foxes salient counter salient in saltire, the dexter surmounting the sinister gules. Crest: a spread eagle. Motto: Fructu non foliis. Notepaper Mrs. Wentworth Williams-Leech, Phila.
7) Argent a griffin segreant contourné sable. Crest: a griffin's head contourné. Bookplate William Williams, S. T. B.
8) Azure a lion rampant. Crest: a cock. Motto: Cognosce occasionem. Bookplate John C. Williams, Mass. N. H., sc. Another has: Pauca respexi pauciora despexi.
9) Azure three eagles displayed 1 and 2. On a canton argent a sinister hand ruffled erect. Motto: Amicitia cum libertate.
10) Ermine on a chief sable three talbots' heads erased ermine (Barrell arms). Crest: a head of the field. Motto: Integer audax promptus. Bookplate ----- Williams.
11) Gu a chev erm bet 3 men's bearded heads in profile couped at the neck ppr. Crest: a bearded face with shoulders. Motto: E Pursimuove (?). Bookplate Edmund Sydney Williams. Also of Sidney Williams, without crest and motto.
12) Gules on a cross argent five pierced mullets of the first (Verney arms). Crest: a goat holding a nail. Motto: Nil admirari. Bookplate James Skelton Williams, engr by French, 1899.
13) Or a lion ramp gules. On a chief azure 2 doves rising arg. Granted 1767 to Williams, Boston, N.E.See Papworth Alphab. Dict., p. 104. Used by Williams of Philadelphia with crest an eagle rising, claw on ball. Sylvan City, 1883, p. 451.
14) Or a lion ramp gules. On a chief azure two doves rising. Crest: an eagle rising with dexter claw on a sphere or and holding a cross pattée. Bookplate Henry I. Williams, lawyer, Philadelphia. Also of John Williams. J. Callender, sc.
15) Quart 1 and 4: Or a lion ramp gules. On a chief azure 2 doves rising or (?); 2 and 3: Azure a fess erm ine between three bells or (Bell). Crest: a dove rising, the foot on a sphere charged with a cross. Embr. hatchment owned by Frederick C. Cobb, Dedham, Mass., 1926, done by a daughter of Henry Howell Williams of Noodles Island ( East Boston) 150 years ago. Desc. of Robert of Boston.
16) Sa a lion ramp argent [armed and langued gules]. Crest: a tufted bird. Engr. on 2 "bellied" mugs given by Deacon Jonathan Williams of Boston, son of Robert, and Margery, in 1737, to First Church, Boston. Old Sil. Am. Ch., p. 32.
17) Sa a lion ramp contourné. Crest: a bird with 3 tufts contourné. Mottoes: Floriferis ut apes in saltibus. Omnia libant omnia nos. Bookplate John Williams, Esq., 1762-1840. Lawyer Wethersfield, Conn. R. Brunton, sc. ( Allen939). Also with lion not contourné and bird not tufted. Bates Early Conn. Engr., p. 44.
Crozier’s General Armory (1904) contains six entries for this name:
1) Thomas Williams of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1733, came from St. Austell, Cornwall England. Arms: Argent, a greyhound courant sable, between three Cornish choughs proper on a border engrailed of the second, eight crosses formee or, and as many bezants alternately. Crest: Argent, a greyhound courant sable.
2) William Williams of Taunton, Massachusetts, 1637, from Wooton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England. Arms: Sable, a chevron argent between three spearheads of the last, points embrued gules.
3) Robert Williams of Roxbury, MA, 1638, from Norwich, Norfolk, England. Arms: Sable, a lion rampant argent, armed and langued gules. Crest: A fighting cock. Motto: Cognosce occasionem.
4) John Williams of Boston, Massachusetts, from Wales, granted in 1767. Arms: Or, a lion rampant gules, on a chief azure, two doves rising argent. Crest: An eagle, wings expanded proper. Motto: Y cadam a’c cyprwyn.
5) William Willams of Culpepper County, Virginia, 1650, from Northampton, England. Arms: Gules, on a mount very, a demi-wolf issuing from a rock on the sinister side, all argent. Crest: A demi-lion rampant proper.
6) Otho Holland Williams of Baltimore, Maryland. Arms: Argent, a chevron between three boars’ head couped gules. Crest: A boar’s head couped argent, pierced with an arrow. Motto: Vincit qui patitur.
Matthew’s American Armoury and Bluebook (1907) contains two entries for this name:
1) Brigadier General Otho Holland Williams, son of Joseph who came to America in 1730, served in the American Revolution. Arms: Argent, a chevron between three boars’ head, couped gules. Crest: A boar’s head couped argent pierced with an arrow.
2) Robert Williams (1600-1690) lived in Roxbury, MA, 1638 and was the son of Stephen William of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Arms: Sable, a lion rampant argent armed and langued gules. A fighting cock proper.
I have identified 38 Williams family mottoes:
1) *Cadarn ar cyfrwys - Strong and subtle
2) Cywir in gwlad - True to the land
3) Deo adjuvante - God aiding
4) Deo adjuvante non timendum - With God assisting we must not fear
5) Deo fidelis et regi - Faithful to God and King
6) Deus haec ota fecti - God hath given this tranquility (Williams of Brecon and Herts)
7) Deus pascit corvos - God feeds the ravens (Williams of Temple House)
8) Duw a ddarpar i'r brain - God feedeth the ravens
9) Duw a'n Bendithio – God and his blessings
10) Duw mi dy Ras – God give me grace
11) En suivant la verite - By following truth (Williams of co. Monmouth)
12) Fortiter et fideliter - Bravely and faithfully
13) Gwell angeu na chwylydd - Death is preferable to shame
14) Heb Dduw hed ddim, Duw a digon - Without God without anything, God is enough
15) In Domino confido - I trust in the Lord
16) **Kars - A city in northeast Turkey near Georgia and Armenia
17) Llafur orfu bobpeth - Hard work conquers everything
18) Mea virtute me involvo - I wrap myself in virtue (Williams of Clovelly Court)
19) Nid da Ile gellir gwell - We must not rest on our laurels
20) Nil desperandum - Never despair
21) Nil soldium - There is nothing unchangeable
22) Nulla dies sine linea - No day without a line
23) Of nwn yr Arglwydd - Let us fear the Lord
24) Ofwn yr arglwydd - We fear the Lord (Williams of Carigan)
25) Pax quaeritur bello - Peace is sought by war
26) Semper vigilans - Always watchful
27) Si non datur ultra - If it is not allowed beyond (Williams of Colebrook)
28) Suaviter sed fortiter - Mildly, but firmly (Williams of Lee)
29) Virtus incumbet honori - Virtue will rest upon honour (Williams of Eltham)
30) Virtus tutissima cassis - Virtue is the safest helmet
31) Y ddioddefws orfu - He who was suffering has conquered
32) Fructu non foliis (Fruit leaves (?))
33) Cognosce occasionem (Recognize opportunity) (Strike while the iron is hot)
34) Pauca respexi pauciora despexi (Few have looked less (?))
35) Amicitia cum libertate (Friendship with liberty)
36) Integer audax promptus (something about being bold?)
37) E Pur si muove (And yet it moves) (Quote attributed to Galileo about Earth moving around sun)
38) Nil admirari (To be surprised by nothing)
We have 102 coats of arms for the Williams surname depicted here. These 102 blazons are from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. Here are 54 people le with this last name that bore an Williams Coat of Arms (or mistakenly called the Williams Family Crest). Most lived in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the modern day United Kingdom, but the Williams arms dates back several hundred years earlier in European history.
1) Reverend John Williams, D.D., Chaplain-in-Ordinary, Prebendary of Canterbury, 1699
2) Sir Charles Hanbury Williams, K.B., 1744, of Coldbrook, county Monmouth
3) John Williams of Boston, alias Salem, New Zealand, 1767
4) Williams, before Hope, John, of Cornwall, Quarterly Arms, 1782
5) Williams to Hope, of Harley Street, London, 1811
6) to Rich, of county Cambridge, England, 1786
7) Williams, of Waterbeach, county Cambridge, and Cumbrane, county Carmarthen, Wales, 1795
8) Williams, late Hamlyn, 2 March 1798, James, of county Devon and Wales, son of 1st
Baronet, after wards 2nd
Baronet, Match, 1798
9) Williams, Treeves, wife of county Cornwall and Wilts, England. Arms to her and her descendants, 1800
10) of county Worcester and Westminister, 1800
11) wife of Nayler, York Herald of Arms, 1808
12) Williams after White, of Duckworth Plantation, Surrey, Island of Jamaica, Quartering 1809
13) Williams, M.D. of Ewick, county Devon. A quartering to Hamilton, 1809
14) Williams to Welsh, Sea Captain, 1812
15) Williams, of Hackney, county Middlesex, and Epsom, county Surrey, 1813
16) John William, of Exeter, county Devon, Match, 1813
17) of Trehane, county Cornwall, England, Match with Stackhouse (1814)
18) Williams after Griffies, of Wales, Quarterly Arms, 1815
19) Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Williams, K.C.B. 1815, Allusion to Services (1815), G.C.B. (1831) Supportsers, (1832)
20) Reverend, Vicar of Undy, county Monmouth, Wales, 1816
21) Lieutenant General Sir Richard, 1815
22) Lieutenant Colonel Sir William, 1815, of Epsom, county Surrey and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, and to brothers Thomas and Bigoe Charles, 1816
23) Martin and Pyrie, of county Worcester, 1817
24) Williams-Mackreth, of Ewhurst, Hampshire, 1820
25) Williams, M.R.C.S, of Southwark, county Surrey, and Hackney, county Middlesex, 1820
26) Admiral Williams-Freeman, of Bucks, and co. Hertfordshire, 1822
27) Williams-Gregory, of county Lincolnshire and Nottingham, 1823
28) Williams after Harris, Orlando, of Ivy Tower, county Pembroke, Wales, and Oaklands, county Gloucester, 1824
29) Williams-Hope, Willam, son of John, of county Cornwall, 1826
30) Williams-Bulkeley, Royal License 3 June 1826, Sir Richard Bulkeley, 10th
Baronet of Wales, 1827
31) Charles Croft Williams, of Cardiff, Wales, son of Charles, 1836
32) of Horsham, county Sussex, and Waterford, Eaton, Isey, Wiltshire, 1839
33) of Oxhill, Handsworth, Wednesbury, Oak, county Stafford, England, 1839
34) Williams to Picton, John, M.D., of Wales, 1840
General Sir William Fenwick Williams, 1st Baronet of Kars (1800-1883)
35) Williams, and Sansbury, his wife, Enfield, of Middlesex, 1842
36) Williams, late Hollest, John Leigh, of county Surrey, England, 1842
37) John Williams of Elm Grove, Mortlake, co. Surrey, son of David of Llangollen, Denbigh, Wales, 1847
38) of the Lodge, Hillingdon, Middlesex, 1853
39) Captain, Dragoon Guards, Crest, 1855
40) Baronet John, of Scorrier House and Carhays Castle, county Cornwall and Gnaton Hall, co. Devon, 31 October 1855
41) of county Cornwall and Devon, Harris quartering (1895?)
42) Major-General Sir William Fenwick, K.C.B, 1856, Baronet, or Kars
43) William, M.R.C.S, of county York, England, 1857
44) Lieutenant-General, Indian Forces, 1866
45) Williams after Jones, Thomas, of Grove Hill, county Worcester, 1871
46) Willams, (widow, daughter of Edger), John Edger, of county Devon, England. Arms for Williams and Edger, s. to quarter Edger, of Appledore, county Northampton, 1875
47) Williams to Williams-Meyrick, Reverend John, of Beaumaris and Cefre Coeb, county Anglesea, Wales, 1877
48) Reverend Edmund George Williams, of Glasfryn, county Swansea, Wales, 1879
49) Sir George, Knight, 18 July 1894, of Russell Square, London, 1894
50) Williams, Montague, William Montague (?), of Bacchus Marshe, Colony of Victoria, 1893
51) Williams-Jones-Parry, Mrs., of Madryn, county Carnarvon, Wales, 1892
52) Lieutenant-Colonel James Williams, of Bryn Glas, Newport, county Monmouth, 1897
53) William Bullivant, of St. Peter Hill, Caversbam, county Oxford, 1898
54) Reverend Samuel B.S., Vicar of Pittington, co. Durham, England (modern day United Kingdom), son of John, of Manchester.
There are thousands of notable people with the Williams surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) John Towner Williams (1932) who is an American pianist, conductor, and composer From Floral Park, NY, who has some of the most recognizable film scores in history, including music for Jaws, Superman, Star Wars, ET, Home Alone, Indiana Jones, Schinder’s List, and Jurassic Park, 2) John Williams (1731-1799) who was a signer of the United States Article of Confederation and a founding member of the University of North Carolina who was a colonel in the state’s militia during the American Revolution, 3) John Foster Williams (17643-1814) was an American mariner who was an officer in the Massachusetts State Navy, 4) John Williams (1752-1806) was an American doctor and politican born in Barnstable England who became a member of the US House of Representatives from New York, 5) John R. Williams (1782-1854) who was an American soldier and merchant who became the first mayor of Detroit, MI from 1824-1825, as well as a Brigadier General in the United States Army during the Black Hawk War, 6) John Williams (1778-1837) who was an American soldier and lawyer from Knoxville, TN (born in North Carolina) who became Senator from Tennessee from 1815-1823, 7) John Sharp Williams (1854-1932) who was the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives from 1903-1908, 8) Abraham Jude Williams (1781-1839) was the 3rd Governor of Missouri, born in Virginia, 9) Basil Williams (1891-1951) who was a British figure skater who won a bronze medal in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, and 11) Serena Williams (1981) who is an American professional tennis player, ranked as the best female player from 2002-2007, born in Saginaw, MI, who has won four gold medals, and had one tournaments such as the French Open, Australian Open, US Open, and Wimbledon.
Eleanor Williams c. 1890, mother of Sir John Williams (1840-1926), 1st Baronet of City of London
Sir Robert Williams (c.1629–1680), 2nd Baronet
credit: National Trust Images
William Williams (1731-1811), delegate to Continental Congress from Connecticut & signatory of the Declaration of Independence
Sir Hutchins Williams (1701–1758)
credit: Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service: Ipswich Borough Council Collection
John Williams (1664-1729), New England Puritan minister
John R. Williams (1782-1854), 1st Mayor of Detroit, Bridagier General during the Black Hawk War
memorial to John Williams (1531-1627), Esquire of Tyneham
Otho Holland Williams (1749-1794) officer in the Continental Army from Maryland
Benjamin Williams (1751-1814), Continental Army Officer & US Congressman