The present generation of the Wolstanhume family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived at Woolstencroft
in the county of Cheshire
. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English personal name Wulfstan
and the Old English word croft,
meaning paddock, farm or enclosure,
meaning area of dry land.
The name thus translates as the dweller at Wulfstan's farm.
Early Origins of the Wolstanhume family
The surname Wolstanhume was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
in 1066, in Wolstenholme, near Warrington, in that shire. Conjecturally they were descended from Woolston in Warwickshire
, a pre-Norman Saxon settlement.
Early History of the Wolstanhume family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolstanhume research.Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1574, 1700, 1562, 1639, 1610, 1670, 1640, 1622, 1691, 1649, 1709, 1676, 1717, 1689, 1724, 1660, 1738 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Wolstanhume History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wolstanhume Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Wolstanhume include Woolstenholme, Wolstonholme, Wolstenholme and many more.
Early Notables of the Wolstanhume family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Wolstenholme (1562-1639), an English merchant who sponsored the Henry Hudson's last mission in 1610 to find the Northwest Passage, eponym of Cape Wolstenholme, Quebec, Canada; Sir John Wolstenholme, 1st Baronet
(died 1670), Member of Parliament for Queenborough in 1640, supporter of... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolstanhume Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wolstanhume family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Wolstanhume were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Wolstenholme arrived in Pennsylvania in 1865.
The Wolstanhume 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: In ardua virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue against difficulties.