William Willoughby

1432–from 1465 to November 1468 (Age 33)
Boston, Lincolnshire, England

The Life of William

When William Willoughby was born in 1432, in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, his father, Sir Thomas Willoughby, was 45 and his mother, Joan FitzAlan of Arundell, was 25. He married Joan Strangways in December 1458. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He died from 1465 to November 1468, in his hometown, at the age of 36.

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Family Time Line

William Willoughby
Joan Strangways
Marriage: December 1458
Edward Willoughby
Richard Willoughby
Cecily Willoughby
Elisabeth Willoughby
Anne Willoughby

Spouse and Children

December 1458


Parents and Siblings



+1 More Child

World Events (1)

1455 · Wars of the Roses

Age 23

Wars of the Roses was a series of English civil wars for control of the throne of England between the royal families House of Lancaster and the House of York. The name of the war was derived as the red rose was the symbol of the Lancastrians and the white rose was the symbol of the Yorks.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places called Willoughby, for example in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Warwickshire. They are named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + Old Norse býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’, or perhaps in some cases from wilig + Old English bēag ‘ring’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Find a Grave
  • Millennium File
  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000

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