|Our obsession with correct spelling is a comparative modern development of the 20th century. Spelling variations should not be discounted when searching for the Wills surname due to lack of education of the original clerks noting the name, transcription errors and the fact that our ancestors were simply not as fussy about how the English language, including their name, was spelt.||An
alphabetical listing of possible variations.
|WILLS, WELLS, MILLS, WILES, WILLES, WILL, WILS|
|The following are more likely to be found in records pre-dating 1800.
Just remember that in genealogy research, nothing is set in concrete.
|WELLES, WYLES, WYLS, WYLLS, WYLMEAD, WILSON, WITTS, WILLSON|
|The following are more likely to have evolved into the modern surname spellings of the names Willis, Willisee and Wilkes.|
|WILLIS, WILLIA, WILLIES, WILLEYS, WYLLYS
WILLCE, WILCE, WILLSE, WILSE, WYLLES, WILKES
One researcher reports :-
A Queensland Experience.
I just thought I would share with you the fact that my Great grandmother is recorded in the Queensland BDM as Alice WELLS, and her sister as Frances WELLS. Their parents are William WILLS and Mary COSTELLO.
From another researcher
Another experience :-
And still more variations Added 10 May 2009.
None of the above should be discounted when searching for the Wills surname.
Email Tom Wills if you would like to share a spelling problem in your Wills family research.