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Where did the English Woolard family come from? What is the English Woolard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Woolard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Woolard family history?

The name Woolard arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Woolard comes from the Norman given name Willard. This name is derived from the Germanic roots will, meaning desire, and heard, meaning strong or hard.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Willard, Wilard, Viliard, Villiard, Wielard, Willardby, Willardsey, Willardsham, Willardstone and many more.

First found in the county of Sussex where they were Lords of the Manor of Eastborne, being granted lands by King William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in the year 1066 A.D. The family were originally named Villiard, and were from Caen in Normandy in pre Conquest times. In the Domesday Book they are recorded variously as Wielardus, Wilardus, and Wlward. Further speculation on the origin of this distinguished family name of the U.S.A., can be deduced from the Willard Memoir by Joseph Willard published in Boston Mass. in 1858.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolard research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1617, 1630, 1634, 1605, 1676, 1634, 1643, 1672, 1692, 1692, 1640, 1707 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Woolard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 163 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woolard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Woolard or a variant listed above:

Woolard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Ann Woolard, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • George Woolard, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • William Woolard, who landed in Virginia in 1671

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  • Daniel Woolard (b. 1984), American soccer player
  • Jamal Woolard (b. 1975), American rapper and actor
  • Morgan Elizabeth Woolard (b. 1989), American model and beauty queen, Miss Oklahoma USA 2010
  • Grant Woolard (b. 1985), American student cartoonist


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Woolard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woolard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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