Origins Available: English
The Wollen surname comes from the Anglo-Norman personal name
Walweyn, the Old German forename Waldwin, or the Old English personal name Wealdwine, which means power-friend.
Early Origins of the Wollen family
The surname Wollen was first found in Pembrokeshire
(Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales
, anciently part of the Welsh
kingdom of Deheubarth, where the family claim descent from Gualgnain or Gwalwynne, who was King Arthur's sister's son, as attested by historians William of Malmesbury, and Robert of Gloucester. The name traces its roots to Normandy
where Geoffry Wawein was listed there in 1198. The Domesday Book
lists the name as Walduinus in Staffordshire
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Later in 1205, Welwin was listed in Essex.
Early History of the Wollen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wollen research.Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1389, 1336, 1342, 1343, 1379, 1600, 1681 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Wollen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wollen Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Wollen have included Walwyn, Wallwyn, Wallin, Walwin and others.
Early Notables of the Wollen family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Wollen family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Wollen:
Wollen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Wollen, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Wollen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. David Wollen, (b. 1849), aged 21, Cornish farm labourer departing on 23rd September 1870 aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 23rd December 1870 CITATION[CLOSE]
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
Contemporary Notables of the name Wollen (post 1700)
- Sir Ernest Wollen, Australia politician
- Peter Wollen (b. 1938), English political journalist and film theorist
The Wollen 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: Drwy rynwedd gward
Motto Translation: In this cause I would bleed.