Walferstone is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Walferstone family lived in Suffolk
, at Wolverston.
The surname Walferstone was originally derived from the Old English elements wulf,
meaning settlement or enclosure.
The name was originally Wulkton, and gradually evolved into its current form.
Early Origins of the Walferstone family
The surname Walferstone was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Woolverstone. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy
in the year 1086 A.D. after his conquest of England
in 1066, Woolverstone was held by a Norman Noble, Robert Gernon, and as was the Norman custom, the second son adopted the name of the manor or village for his surname. At the survey Woolverstone was a village, with a church, 12 beasts, 30 pigs, 100 sheep and 36 goats. The Church was rebuilt by Sir Gilbert Scott in the 19th century.
Early History of the Walferstone family
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Walferstone Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Walferstone are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Walferstone include Wolferstan, Wolferstone, Wolverstone, Wolverston, Wolversdon, Wolversden, Wolversdan, Wolferston, Woolferstone, Woolverston and many more.
Early Notables of the Walferstone family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Wolverston, better known as Lady Killigrew (c.
1525-1582), a Suffolk
woman who was accused of piracy during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As the story goes, whenever her husband went to sea, Mary engaged in piracy using the staff of her... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walferstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Walferstone family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Walferstone, or a variant listed above: Benjamin Wolverston and Elizabeth Wolverstone who settled in Barbados with their servants in 1679.