Wollerant is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought to England
. It comes from the Norman given name Waleran.
Early Origins of the Wollerant family
The surname Wollerant was first found in Devon
where the name is believed to be descended from Waleran, the great Baron
, Count of Meulan in Normandy
. The family was first found at Bradfield, in Uffculm as early as Henry III. "The original deed of transfer of Bradfelde from Fulke Paynel, Lord of Brampton, to one Walerande, an ancestor, temp.
King John, is still in the possession of the family. It would appear that the family were resident there before the date of that grant, under the name De Bradfelle, in 1154; and that Waleran or Walrond was assumed early in the reign of King John." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"For many years the Walronds, living at their venerable mansion of Bradfield, were a powerful family in Devonshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Wollerant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wollerant research.Another 341 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1671 and 1562 are included under the topic Early Wollerant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wollerant Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wollerant family name include Walrond, Walerend, Walerond, Waleran and others.
Early Notables of the Wollerant family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphry Walrond, a distinguished Loyalist during the Civil Wars of the 17th century. After the fall of the Royal Cause, he... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wollerant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wollerant family to Ireland
Some of the Wollerant 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.
Migration of the Wollerant family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wollerant family to immigrate North America: Thomas Walrond, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Jonas Wallren arrived in Philadelphia in 1858.
The Wollerant 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: Sic vos non vobis
Motto Translation: So you not for yourselves.