Show ContentsWollgreaves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The illustrious surname Wollgreaves is classified as a habitation surname, which was originally derived from a place-name, and is one form of surname belonging to a broader group called hereditary surnames. Habitation names were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Topographic names, form the other broad category of surnames that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. Wollgreaves is a place-name from in the place-name Walgrave, in now Northamptonshire. The location was called Waldgrave in the Domesday Book and was settled by Baron Fulcher de Maloure, a Breton from Maloures near Saint Brieux.

Early Origins of the Wollgreaves family

The surname Wollgreaves was first found in Northamptonshire where the family was descended from Fulcher de Maloure, a Breton Baron from Maloures near Saint Brieux, in Brittany. Fulcher was granted two baronies in England in 1066, one in Rutland, and one at Walgrove in Northampton and held them from the Countess Judith. He was the sire of the Waldgrave family name. [1] "The Waldegraves had long been established at Chewton, in Somersetshire. " [2]

Early History of the Wollgreaves family

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Wollgreaves Spelling Variations

Since the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, Breton surnames have many spelling variations. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England after the Norman Conquest, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Waldgrave, Waldgreave, Woldgrave, Waldgraw, Wallgrave and many more.

Early Notables of the Wollgreaves family (pre 1700)

Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Richard Waldegrave (ca. 1338-1410), a Member of Parliament for Suffolk and Speaker of the House of Commons during the reign of King Richard II, represented Suffolk in the two parliaments of 1382, in those of 1383, in that of 1386, in those of 1388, and in that of 1389-90, held a number of public appointments but was finally excused from office in 1404 His son, Sir Richard Walgrave or Waldegrave (d. 1402), was Speaker of the House of Commons. He resided at Smallbridge in Suffolk who was elected to the first and...
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Ireland Migration of the Wollgreaves family to Ireland

Some of the Wollgreaves 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 Wollgreaves family

Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Wollgreaves, or a variant listed above: Charles and Edward Walgrave settled in Virginia in 1653.

The Wollgreaves 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: Passes avant
Motto Translation: Passed before.

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Oliver, George, Collections Illustrating the History of the Catholic Religion in the Counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wilts, and Gloucester London: Charles Dolman, 61, New Bond Street, 1857. Print on Facebook