Wills

This interesting name has two possible meanings, the first being that it is a patronymic form of the medieval name "Will", itself a diminutive of "William", which is of German origin. The accession of William the Conqueror to the throne in 1066 produced a wave of derivative names as a form of homage elevating this personal name to the position of highest popularity. In its present form it means son of William, which is itself composed of the Germanic elements "wil", will and "helm", protection. Alternatively, it could be a topographical name for someone who lived by a spring or a stream, from the West Saxon "wiell(a)" and the Olde English pre 7th Century "well(a)", Middle English "will". One John Wills, a feltmaker, aged 35 yrs., from Barnstaple, took an oath of Allegiance before Mr William Gourney of Dartmouth on February 20th 1634 prior to his emigration to the New World. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walt Wille, which was dated 1207, in the "Curia Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Wills — is a surname, and may refer to:* Alfred Wills * Andrew Wills * Anneke Wills * Arthur Wills * Bob Wills * Bump Wills * Chill Wills * Chris Wills * Christopher Wills, American biologist * Dave Wills * Erin Wills, American model * Frank Wills… …   Wikipedia

  • WILLS — (Heb. צַוָּאָה). A will is a person s disposition of his property in favor of another in such manner that the testator retains the property or his rights to it until his death. There are three different forms of wills, each governed by different… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Wills — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Bob Wills (James Robert Wills; 1905–1975), US amerikanischer Country Musiker und Bandleader Chill Wills (1903–1978), US amerikanischer Schauspieler und Musiker Harry Wills (1889–1958), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wills — Wills, William Gormann, engl. Dramatiker, geb. 1828 zu Kilkenny in Irland, gest. 14. Dez. 1893 in London, studierte in Dublin, vertauschte die Universität mit der Malerakademie daselbst, wurde in London Porträtmaler und trat später mit großem… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Wills —  Cette page d’homonymie répertorie des personnes (réelles ou fictives) partageant un même patronyme. Alfred Wills (1828 1912), juge et alpiniste anglais Bob Wills (1905 1975), chanteur américain Chill Wills (1903 1978), acteur et compositeur …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Wills — (as used in expressions) Wilde, Oscar (Fingal O Flahertie Wills) Wills, Bob James Robert Wills Wills, Helen (Newington) Helen Wills Moody Helen Newington Wills Moody Roark …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Wills — /wɪlz/ (say wilz) noun 1. Horatio Spencer Howe, 1811–61, Australian pastoralist. 2. Thomas Wentworth, 1835–80, Australian athlete; captain and coach of the Aboriginal cricket team which toured England in 1886 87; devised the Australian Rules… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Wills — /wilz/, n. Helen Newington /nooh ing teuhn, nyooh /, born 1906, U.S. tennis player. * * * …   Universalium

  • Wills — noun a) A patronymic surname son of Will . b) transferred from the surname, or a diminutive of William …   Wiktionary

  • wills — wɪl n. desire; will power; want; determination; volition n. last testament listing inheritors of a dying person s property v. want; act by will power; cause will power; command; determine, decide v. verb used together with other verbs to… …   English contemporary dictionary

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