Wollaston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wollaston family

The surname Wollaston was first found in Staffordshire, where "the family were lords in early times, and which they sold to the Aston family temp. Richard I. Wollaston is in the parish of Old Swinford. Some of the Wollastons may derive their name from other places so called in cos. Gloucester and Shropshire. " [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Ivo de Wolastone, Staffordshire; William de Wolastone, Salop (Shropshire); and Saer de Wolaveston, Northamptonshire. [2]

The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III list John de Wolaston, Bedfordshire and William de Wolaston, Northamptonshire.

Wollaston is a chapelry, in the parish of Alberbury, union of Atcham, hundred of Ford in Shropshire. The chapelry dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Willavestune and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Wiglaf," from the Old English personal name + "tun." [3]

Wollaston in Northamptonshire also dates back to the Domesday Book, but had a different spelling, Wilavestone, but had a similar meaning. [4]

There is also a township of Wollaston in the parish of Old Swinford, union of Stourbridge, Lower division of the hundred of Halfshire, Worcestershire. [5]

Early History of the Wollaston family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wollaston research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1658, 1643, 1638, 1639, 1649, 1660, 1724, 1659, 1666, 1616, 1666 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Wollaston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wollaston Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wollaston, Woolaston, Wolleston, Woollaston, Woolleston, Woolliston and many more.

Early Notables of the Wollaston family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Wollaston (died 1658), an English merchant, Lord Mayor of London in 1643, Sheriff of London (1638-39), Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths Company (1639-40), president of Christ's Hospital (1649.) William Wollaston (1660-1724), was an English moral philosopher, born on 26 March 1659-16660 at Coton-Clanford, Staffordshire, the son of William Wollaston. "The Wollastons were an old Staffordshire family. One, Henry Wollaston (d. 1616), went to London and returned with a fortune made in trade. A dispute between his sons as to the...
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wollaston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wollaston migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wollaston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas C. Wollaston, aged 28, who landed in America from London, in 1892
Wollaston Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hillie Courtwrite Wollaston, aged 46, who immigrated to America from Glenelly, Australia, in 1909
  • Emma Sarah Wollaston, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States from Glenelly, Australia, in 1909
  • Caroline Wollaston, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Philip Wollaston, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from St. Andrew, Jamaica, in 1912
  • George Wollaston, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Wollaston migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wollaston Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alice Mary Wollaston, aged 51, who immigrated to Victoria, B. C., in 1908
  • Percy Wollaston, aged 53, who immigrated to Victoria, B. C., in 1908

Australia Wollaston migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wollaston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Wollaston who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Duchess of Northumberland" on 1st October 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Edward Wollaston, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Brothers" in 1850 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wollaston (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Vernon Wollaston (1822-1878), English entomologist and malacologist, born at Scotter, Lincolnshire, on 9 March 1822, was the tenth son and fifteenth child of Henry John Wollaston (d. 27 Oct. 1833), rector of Scotter [8]
  • William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828), English chemist, physicist and Fellow of the Royal Society [8]
  • Francis John Hyde Wollaston (1762-1823), English natural philosopher, born in Charterhouse Square, London, eldest son of Francis Wollaston and brother of William Hyde Wollaston [8]
  • Francis Wollaston (1731-1815), English author, born on 23 Nov. 1731, the eldest son of Francis Wollaston (1694-1774), grandson of William Wollaston [8]
  • William Wollaston (1659-1724), English philosopher, born on 26 March 1659–60 at Coton-Clanford, Staffordshire, the son of William Wollaston
  • Charlton Wollaston (1733-1764), English physician, physician to the Queen's Household
  • Charles Wollaston (1849-1926), English footballer
  • Alexander Frederick Richmond "Sandy" Wollaston (1875-1930), British medical doctor, ornithologist, botanist, climber and explorer
  • John Wollaston (1790-1856), Anglican clergyman in Western Australia
  • Belinda Wollaston (b. 1983), Australian musical theatre actor


The Wollaston 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: Ne quid falsi
Motto Translation: Nothing false.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duchess-of-northumberland
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BROTHERS 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Brothers.htm
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 13 Feb. 2019


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