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The illustrious surname Woldgreave is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Woldgreave is a place-name from in the place-name Walgrave, in now Northamptonshire. The location was called Waldgrave in the Domesday Book and was settled by Baron Fulcher de Maloure, a Breton from Maloures near Saint Brieux.

Woldgreave Early Origins



The surname Woldgreave was first found in Northamptonshire where the family was descended from Fulcher de Maloure, a Breton Baron from Maloures near Saint Brieux, in Brittany. Fulcher was granted two baronies in England in 1066, one in Rutland, and one at Walgrove in Northampton and held them from the Countess Judith. He was the sire of the Waldgrave family name.

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Woldgreave Spelling Variations


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Woldgreave Spelling Variations



Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Waldgrave, Waldgreave, Woldgrave, Waldgraw, Wallgrave and many more.

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Woldgreave Early History


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Woldgreave Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woldgreave research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1619, 1338, 1410, 1382, 1383, 1386, 1388, 1389, 1404, 1661, 1689, 1687, 1688, 1687, 1689 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Woldgreave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woldgreave Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woldgreave Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Richard Waldegrave ( ca. 1338-1410), a Member of Parliament for Suffolk and Speaker of the House of Commons during the reign of King Richard II, represented Suffolk in the two parliaments of 1382, in those of 1383, in that of 1386, in...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woldgreave Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woldgreave In Ireland


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Woldgreave In Ireland



Some of the Woldgreave 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Woldgreave, or a variant listed above: Charles and Edward Walgrave settled in Virginia in 1653.

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Motto


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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: Passes avant
Motto Translation: Passed before.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

    The Woldgreave Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woldgreave 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 January 2014 at 09:31.

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