Origin of the Name Wyatt
The origin of the name Wyatt
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Wyatt
include Wyat, Whiatt, Whyat, Whyatt and Whyit. This name is usually of Anglo-Saxon origin and is derived from the first name 'Wiot' or Wyot', taken from old name 'Wigheard' meaning 'war-hardy' or 'brave', and is found in many ancient manuscripts in England. Examples of such are the 'Hundred Rolls of Shropshire' in which William Wyot was recorded in the year 1274. Sir Thomas Wyatt (1502-1542) was a 16th-century English ambassador and lyrical poet. He is credited with having introducing the sonnet into popular poetry. Sir Matthew Peter Cromwell Wyatt (1820-1877) was a renowned architect. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland this name, and its variants, are usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.
The Wyatt coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Wyatt descendants.