The surname of WYATT was a baptismal name 'the son of Guy' an ancient and still popular font name dating from the 13th century in England. Early records of the name mention Wiot de Acham, documented in the year 1192 London. Wioth de Gratella was recorded in the year 1327 in County Northumberland. Margaret Wyotte of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Wyot of County Devon, registered at Oxford University in 1575. The small villages of Europe, or royal and noble households, even large religious dwellings and monastries, gave rise to many family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and 13th centuries a need was felt for an additional name. This was recognized by those of gentle birth, who realised that it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour.
The name has variant spellings which include Whyatt and Wiatt. An English family called Wyatt were closely linked with the Boleyn family and through them with Henry VIII. Sir Henry Wyatt was joint Constable of Norwich Castle with Thomas Boleyn, whose daughter Anne was raised with Sir Henry's sons, Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-42). The latter's great-grandson, Sir Francis Wyatt (1588-1644) became govenor of Virginia. His wife's family had great influence with the London Virginia Company, and Wyatt was named the Company's govenor in 1621 and became the first Royal Govenor in 1624.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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