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Wenlocke Early Origins



The surname Wenlocke 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." [1]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.

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Wenlocke Spelling Variations


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Wenlocke Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wenlock, Wenlake, Wenlac, Wenlocke, Whenlocke, Wenloc, Whenlock, Whenlake, Winlock, Winlake, Wanlock and many more.

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Wenlocke Early History


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Wenlocke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wenlocke research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1323, 1461, 1471, 1455, 1487 and 1471 are included under the topic Early Wenlocke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wenlocke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wenlocke Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wenlocke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. 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).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Wenlocke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wenlocke 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.

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