Wolstencroft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Wolstencroft family

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.

Early History of the Wolstencroft family

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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.

Early Notables of the Wolstencroft family (pre 1700)

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United States Wolstencroft migration to the United States +

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]
  • Benjamin E. Wolstencroft, aged 27, originally from Oldham, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • 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]

Australia Wolstencroft migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wolstencroft Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Wolstencroft, (Wolstonecraft), (b. 1822), aged 13, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years for pick pocketing, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1904 [4]

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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