Spelling variations include: Williams, Quilliams, Guilliam, Guilliams, and others.
First found in in Breconshire and Monmouthshire on the English/Welsh border from very ancient times.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: the Williams settlers in Bull's Bay, Newfoundland, who are traditionally descended from Vaughan's Welsh Colonists and arrived in 1763. David Williams settled in Virginia in 1623, and Edward in Virginia in 1624. Other migrants include: Elizabeth, to Virginia in 1623, Henry and Hugh to Virginia in 1623, Richard Williams to Maine in 1630, Robert Williams, his wife and child, who settled in Virginia in 1622 and many more. Many with this name can be found on the United Empire Loyalist lists, including John, David, Elijah, Henry and Robert Williams. The 1984 edition of the Report of Distribution of Surnames in the Social Security ranks the name Williams as 3rd most popular surnames in the United States. For further reading, try "The Ancestors and Descendants of Ebenezer and Martha Porter Williams of Painesville, Ohio" by Percy Williams Lewis, "The Ancestor; The World of William Williams" by John Francis Williams, "Diamonds in the Desert: The Family History of Bill and Gertie Williams" by Billie William Yost. and others.
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