The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Wolferstent family, who lived in Suffolk
, at Wolverston.
The surname Wolferstent was originally derived from the Old English elements wulf,
meaning settlement or enclosure.
The name was originally Wulkton, and gradually evolved into its current form.
Early Origins of the Wolferstent family
The surname Wolferstent was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Woolverstone. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
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a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy
in the year 1086 A.D. after his conquest of England
in 1066, Woolverstone was held by a Norman Noble, Robert Gernon, and as was the Norman custom, the second son adopted the name of the manor or village for his surname. At the survey Woolverstone was a village, with a church, 12 beasts, 30 pigs, 100 sheep and 36 goats. The Church was rebuilt by Sir Gilbert Scott in the 19th century.
Early History of the Wolferstent family
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Wolferstent Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wolferstent were recorded, including Wolferstan, Wolferstone, Wolverstone, Wolverston, Wolversdon, Wolversden, Wolversdan, Wolferston, Woolferstone, Woolverston and many more.
Early Notables of the Wolferstent family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Wolverston, better known as Lady Killigrew (c.
1525-1582), a Suffolk
woman who was accused of piracy during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As the story goes, whenever her husband went to sea, Mary engaged in piracy using the staff of her... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolferstent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wolferstent family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Wolferstent arrived in North America very early: Benjamin Wolverston and Elizabeth Wolverstone who settled in Barbados with their servants in 1679.