Early Origins of the Wellhopp family
The surname Wellhopp was first found in Hampshire
where "the true and original name of this family is Barton - Peter Barton, lord of West Barton, having married Alice, only daughter and heiress of Sir Robert de Wallop, who died in the eleventh year of Edward I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
There can be no doubt as to the authenticity of this quote, but one must question Sir Robert de Wallop's heritage, not Peter Barton. For this, we must look back further where the name "Matthew de Wallop, which was the title of one of it's early members, favours the opinion, that the Wallops were settled at Wallop as Saxon manorial lords anterior to the Conquest of England
, and that the family name is derived from that places." In fact, "four brothers are mentioned in [the] Domesday [Book] as possessing Wallop, in Hampshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Stevens, Joseph, A Parochial History of St. Mary Bourne: With an Account of the Manor of Hurstbourne Priors, Hants. London: Whiting & Company, 1888. Print.
Early History of the Wellhopp family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wellhopp research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1228, 1566, 1540, 1599, 1568, 1642, 1601, 1642, 1601, 1667, 1621, 1660, 1616, 1697 and 1581 are included under the topic Early Wellhopp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wellhopp 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 Wallhope, Wallop, Walopp, Walop, Wallopp, Wallope, Wellhope, Welhopp and many more.
Early Notables of the Wellhopp family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Henry Wallop, Lord Justice of Ireland; Sir Oliver Wallop (d. 1566), of Farleigh Wallop in Hampshire; Sir Henry Wallop (c.1540-1599), an English statesman; Sir Henry Wallop (1568-1642), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1601... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wellhopp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wellhopp family to Ireland
Some of the Wellhopp family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wellhopp 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 Wellhopp name or one of its variants: James Wallop who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749.
The Wellhopp 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: En suivant la verite
Motto Translation: By following the truth.