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The Wolstencroft name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. 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 or enclosure. The name thus translates as the dweller at Wulfstan's paddock.

Wolstencroft Early Origins



The surname Wolstencroft was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Wolstencroft Spelling Variations


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Wolstencroft Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Wolstencroft has undergone many spelling variations, including Wolstencroft, Wolstencraft and others.

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Wolstencroft Early History


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Wolstencroft Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolstencroft research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1266 is included under the topic Early Wolstencroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolstencroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wolstencroft Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Wolstencroft were among those contributors:

Wolstencroft Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Wolstencroft, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1836
  • William Wolstencroft, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1860

Wolstencroft Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Herbert Wolstencroft, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J679-SPB : 6 December 2014), Herbert Wolstencroft, 07 Apr 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Benjamin E. Wolstencroft, aged 27, originally from Oldham, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J678-PJ9 : 6 December 2014), Benjamin E. Wolstencroft, 10 Nov 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Matthew Wolstencroft, aged 43, originally from Manchester, England, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68F-HZC : 6 December 2014), Matthew Wolstencroft, 17 May 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolstencroft (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolstencroft (post 1700)



  • The Ven Alan Wolstencroft (b. 1937), English prelate, Archdeacon of Manchester from 1998 to 2004
  • Simon John Wolstencroft (b. 1963), English rock drummer, known for playing with the Fall from 1986 to 1997
  • Frank Wolstencroft CBE (1882-1952), British trade union leader, President of the Trades Union Congress in 1942
  • David Wolstencroft (b. 1969), Australian-born, British television writer and author
  • Richard Wolstencroft (b. 1969), Australian filmmaker, film festival director, former nightclub promoter

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Wolstencroft Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J679-SPB : 6 December 2014), Herbert Wolstencroft, 07 Apr 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J678-PJ9 : 6 December 2014), Benjamin E. Wolstencroft, 10 Nov 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68F-HZC : 6 December 2014), Matthew Wolstencroft, 17 May 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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