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WILMOT Family History

Recorded in many spelling forms including Wilmot, Willmot, Wilmott, Willmett, Willmetts, Willimott and Wilmut, this is an English surname of Germanic pre 7th century origins. It is a diminutive of the personal name "Wilhelm", plus the diminutive suffix 'et(t) or "ot(t)" meaning 'little' or possibly 'son of'. Wilhelm, the Germanic form of William, is composed of the elements "wil" meaning "strength of mind", plus "helm", meaning "protection". It was first introduced into England and Scotland by the Norman-French after the Conquest of 1066 as "Willelmi". Early examples of the personal name recordings which pre-date the surname include: Robertus filius Willelmi in the Domesday Book of 1086, and Willimot and Wylimot in the London rolls of 1300 and 1306 respectively...

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