The name Wolpole was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wolpole family lived in Norfolk
, at Walpole.
Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old English words welle,
and refers to a pool formed by a well.
Early Origins of the Wolpole family
The surname Wolpole was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
at the time of the Conquest at Freethorpe and Mershland. John of Walpole was nephew of Waleran, the great Essex Baron
who was Count of Meulan in Normandy
. Joceline de Walpole was living in the reign of Stephen and Reginald de Walpole, in the time of Henry I seems to have been the lineal ancestor of the house. 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 Wolpole family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolpole research.Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1722, 1735, 1558, 1595, 1929, 1970, 1560, 1637, 1621, 1668, 1660, 1668, 1650, 1700, 1689, 1700, 1676, 1745, 1678, 1757, 1683 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Wolpole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wolpole Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wolpole have been found, including Walpole, Walpolle, Wallpole and others.
Early Notables of the Wolpole family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Walpole (1558-1595), an English Jesuit martyr from Docking, Norfolk; he was beatified in 1929 and canonized in 1970; Edward Walpole (1560-1637), an English Roman Catholic convert, who became known as a Jesuit missioner and preacher; Sir Edward Walpole (1621-1668), an English politician... Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolpole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wolpole family to Ireland
Some of the Wolpole 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
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Migration of the Wolpole family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wolpole were among those contributors: Thomas Walpole arrived in Philadelphia in 1802.
The Wolpole 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: Fari quae sentiat
Motto Translation: To speak what he feels.