The ancient and distinguished surname Wollfolk was first found in England
. It is most commonly thought to be of Old English origin, deriving from the words "wull," meaning "wool," and "folc," meaning "people." Thus, it is likely that the first bearer of the surname was one who dealt in wool. Alternatively, it may be derived from "Woll," the name of many places in Dorset
, West Sussex
, and West Surrey; in this instance, the name is derived from the Middle English word "woll," meaning "spring, stream," and the surname would have been first used to denote "folk living by the stream." Finally, the name may be traced to the parish of Woolford in Warwickshire.
Early Origins of the Wollfolk family
The surname Wollfolk was first found in the counties of Sussex
, in the form "Wolle." The earliest recorded bearer of the name was John de Wolle, who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. Henry atte
Wolle was also recorded in Sussex
in the year 1327. It is possible that the name appeared before these written records were compiled, and that other, even older branches of the family existed in England
prior to the Norman conquest.
Early History of the Wollfolk family
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Wollfolk Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Woolfolk, Wullfolk, Wolle, Wulle, Wollfolk and others.
Early Notables of the Wollfolk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wollfolk family to Ireland
Some of the Wollfolk family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Wollfolk family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Richard Woolfolk, who emigrated from Wales
to Gloucester County, Virginia in 1678; and Parham Woolfolk, who settled in Kentucky during the mid-19th century..
The Wollfolk 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: Sine Macula
Motto Translation: Without stain.