Wolfson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Wolfson has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements named Woolstone are in Buckinghamshire and Devon. Wolstan is a parish in Warwickshire and Woolston is a hamlet in Somerset. The surname Wolfson belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Wolfson family
The surname Wolfson was first found in Lancashire at Woolstone, a township, in the parish and union of Warrington, hundred of West Derby. Saint Walstan (or Walston) (died 1016) dedicated his life to farming and the care of farm animals and is accordingly the patron saint of farms, farmers, farmhands, ranchers and husbandrymen.
"[Bawburgh, or Babur in Norfolk] is distinguished as the birthplace of St. Walstan; he lived at Taverham, where he died in 1016, and his remains were removed hither, and enshrined in a chapel in the parish church. The resort of pilgrims to visit his shrine greatly enriched the vicar and officiating priests, who, in 1309, rebuilt the church; but the chapel in which the remains of the saint were deposited was demolished in the reign of Henry VIII." 
Early History of the Wolfson family
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Wolfson Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wolfson have been found, including Woolston, Woolton, Wolston and others.
Early Notables of the Wolfson family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Woolton (or Wolton) (1535?-1594), English Bishop of Exeter. He was born at Whalley in Lancashire about 1535 (according to Godwin he was born at Wigan), was the son of John Woolton of Wigan, by his wife Isabella, daughter of John Nowell of Bead Hall, Whalley. "He was admitted student of Brasenose College, Oxford, on...
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Migration of the Wolfson family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Wolfson, or a variant listed above: John Woolston settled in New Castle, Delaware in 1677; and moved in the same year to New Jersey; William Woolton settled in Virginia in 1639.
Contemporary Notables of the name Wolfson (post 1700) +
- Mitchell Wolfson Jr. (b. 1939), American businessman and founder of the Wolfsonian Museum
- Louis Wolfson (b. 1912), Wall Street financier and a major thoroughbred race horse owner and breeder
- Harry Austryn Wolfson (1887-1974), American professor of literature and philosophy at Harvard
- Freda Wolfson (b. 1954), United States District Judge in New Jersey
- Evan Wolfson (b. 1957), prominent American civil rights attorney and advocate
- Isaac Wolfson (1897-1991), 1st Baronet, Scottish businessman and philanthropist, Managing Director of Great Universal Stores (GUS) (1932-1947) and Chairman (1947-1987), father of Leonard Wolfson
- Leonard Wolfson (1927-2010), Baron Wolfson, British businessman, former Chairman of GUS, son of magnate Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1st Baronet
- Geoffrey Mark Wolfson OBE (1934-2018), British politician, Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks (1979-1997)
- Mark Wolfson (b. 1934), German politician
- Richard Wolfson (1955-2005), British musician and journalist
Historic Events for the Wolfson family +
Flight TWA 800
- Miss. Wendy Y. Wolfson (1980-1996), from Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA, American student from Montoursville flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash 
- Mrs. Eleanor Veronica Wolfson (1945-1996), (1945 -1996), from Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA, American chaperone for the students from Montoursville flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash 
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