Early Origins of the Wenlock family
The surname Wenlock was first found in Shropshire
at either Little Wenlock or Much Wenlock, villages and towns that date back to Saxon times when they were first listed collectively as Wynloca c. 1000. Almost one hundred
years later, in the Domesday Book
of 1086, the villages were listed as Wenlock and possibly meant "white monastery." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Another reference predates the aforementioned. The source claims that claims the place name was originally Winnica, or "the windy place." And it was here that a convent was established about 680, by Milburga, daughter of King Merwald, and niece of Wulfhere, King of Mercia. At her death, she was interred here. The convent was destroyed by the Danes but was restored by Leofric, Earl of Mercia, in the time of Edward the Confessor, after which it fell into decay. Soon after the Conquest, Robert de Montgomery rebuilt and restored it into a priory for Cluniac monks, and dedicated it to St. Milburga. Extensive ruins can still be seen today on the south side of the town. One of the first records of the family name was seen in the year 1203 when William de Wenlac held estates there.
Early History of the Wenlock family
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Wenlock Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wenlock, Wenlake, Wenlac, Wenlocke, Whenlocke, Wenloc, Whenlock, Whenlake, Winlock, Winlake, Wanlock and many more.
Early Notables of the Wenlock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wenlock family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wenlock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edith Wenlock, aged 17, who emigrated to America, in 1892
- Evan Wenlock, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1896
- Harriet Wenlock, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
Wenlock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Walter Wenlock, aged 35, who settled in America from Peterborough, England, in 1909
- Arthur William Wenlock, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Brewood, England, in 1911
- Stanley Wenlock, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1911
- Charles Wenlock, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Wenlock (post 1700)
- David Alan Wenlock (b. 1959), former English cricketer