The surname ‘Wills’ is of Scottish, and Northern English origin. It is a patronymic of the name ‘Will’, derived from the medieval given name ‘Will’, a diminutive of the name ‘William’. In a few cases it may be from one of the other medieval given names with the first element, e.g., ‘Wilbert’, and ‘Willard’. Although the surname is comparatively infrequent, the associated derivative ‘Wilson’, is one of the most common of all British surnames, being especially common in Northern England, Scotland, and northern Ireland. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Wills’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the fourteenth century were a ‘Johannes Willeson’, from the county of Yorkshire, England, is recorded on Poll Tax records in 1379. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but data extracted from Historical archive’s confirm that one of the first forefathers to bring this name to America was a certain ‘John Wills’, from Willington, England, a labourer by trade, He emigrated to North America in 1774, aged thirty, sailing from the… Coat of arms: Argent, on a chevron…
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