The name Walpoole reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Walpoole family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Walpoole family lived in Norfolk
, at Walpole.
Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old English words welle,
and refers to a pool formed by a well.
Early Origins of the Walpoole family
The surname Walpoole was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
at the time of the Conquest at Freethorpe and Mershland. John of Walpole was nephew of Waleran, the great Essex Baron
who was Count of Meulan in Normandy
. Joceline de Walpole was living in the reign of Stephen and Reginald de Walpole, in the time of Henry I seems to have been the lineal ancestor of the house. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Walpoole family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walpoole research.Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1722, 1735, 1558, 1595, 1929, 1970, 1560, 1637, 1621, 1668, 1660, 1668, 1650, 1700, 1689, 1700, 1676, 1745, 1678, 1757, 1683 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Walpoole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Walpoole Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Walpole, Walpolle, Wallpole and others.
Early Notables of the Walpoole family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Walpole (1558-1595), an English Jesuit martyr from Docking, Norfolk; he was beatified in 1929 and canonized in 1970; Edward Walpole (1560-1637), an English Roman Catholic convert, who became known as a Jesuit missioner and preacher; Sir Edward Walpole (1621-1668), an English politician... Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walpoole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Walpoole family to Ireland
Some of the Walpoole family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Walpoole family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Walpoole name or one of its variants: Thomas Walpole arrived in Philadelphia in 1802.
The Walpoole Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fari quae sentiat
Motto Translation: To speak what he feels.