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

The name Walpole was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Walpole family lived in Norfolk, at Walpole. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old English words welle, meaning well, and pol, meaning pool, and refers to a pool formed by a well.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Walpole 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 Walpole include Walpole, Walpolle, Wallpole and others.

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. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walpole research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1621, 1668, 1660, 1668, 1650, 1700, 1689, 1700, 1676, 1745, 1678 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Walpole History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 145 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Walpole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Walpole family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 and Ireland 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 Walpole, or a variant listed above:

Walpole Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jno Walpole, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Walpole Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Walpole, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Walpole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Walpole arrived in Philadelphia in 1802
  • Mathew F Walpole, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • James Walpole, who landed in America in 1841
  • G B Walpole, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Walpole Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Walpole, aged 30, Irish convict from Queens County, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Christopher Walpole, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
  • Thomas Walpole, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Ramillies"
  • Samuel Walpole, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"

Walpole Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Walpole arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Jane Walpole arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

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  • Sir Spencer Walpole (1839-1907), English historian
  • Hugh Seymour Walpole (1884-1941), New Zealand-born, English novelist who wrote thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two original plays and three volumes of memoirs
  • Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745), English statesman
  • Mr. James Walpole (d. 1912), aged 48, English Chief Pantry man from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Kathleen Walpole, Headmistress of Wycombe Abbey School
  • Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British politician
  • Major A Walpole, Educator


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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.

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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Walpole Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Walpole 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.

This page was last modified on 15 May 2015 at 11:43.

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