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Wolters is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Walter. The name is composed of the elements wald, meaning rule and heri, meaning army.

Wolters Early Origins



The surname Wolters was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor or Crowhurst. Hubert Walter (c.1160-1205) was Archbishop of Canterbury, and Lord Chancellor. Weeton in Lancashire was an early home of the family. "This place, in Domesday Book called Widetun, was early in the family of Walter." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
"The church [of Woolvercott in Lancashire], situated on the bank of the Isis, has a sepulchral chapel on the north side, containing a stately monument to the family of Walter, of whom David Walter was High Sheriff of the county, and commanded a regiment of horse under Charles I. in the parliamentary war." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
About the same time, Greenalgh with Thistleton, again in Lancashire was home to another branch of the family. It was here that the manor of Greenalgh-cum-Thistleton was held in the reign of Charles I. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Wolters Spelling Variations


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Wolters Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wolters family name include Walter, Walters, Watter, Watters, Walthew, Wattis and others.

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Wolters Early History


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Wolters Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolters research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1847, 1611, 1678, 1566, 1630, 1604, 1675, 1628, 1629 and are included under the topic Early Wolters History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolters Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wolters Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Walter (1611-1678?), a Welsh Anglican priest who became a Puritan; Sir John Walter (1566-1630), an English judge and Member...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolters Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wolters In Ireland


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Wolters In Ireland



Some of the Wolters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Wolters family to immigrate North America:

Wolters Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Kier Wolters, who arrived in Delaware in 1662

Wolters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Wolters, who arrived in America in 1780
  • Christian Wolters, who arrived in America in 1780
  • Andreas Wolters, who settled in America in 1780
  • Christian Wolters, who landed in America in 1780
  • Conrad Wolters, who arrived in America in 1780
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wolters Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wolters, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Fried W Wolters, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Cath Wolters, who came to New York in 1835
  • Cath Wolters, aged 47, arrived in New York in 1835
  • Albert Wolters, who arrived in Idaho sometime between 1841 and 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolters (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolters (post 1700)



  • John Wolters (b. 1940), American sprint canoer at the 1960 Summer Olympics
  • Frederick Augustus "Fred" Wolters (1904-1990), American bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Reinder Albertus Wolters (1842-1917), Dutch-born, American Major League Baseball player who played from 1871 through 1873
  • Kara "Big Girl" Wolters (b. 1975), retired American collegiate and professional basketball player, the tallest player in University of Connecticut at 6 foot 7 inches
  • Conrad Clifton Wolters (1909-1991), English eminent Anglican priest, Provost of Newcastle (1962-1976)
  • Friedrich Wolters (1876-1930), German historian, poet and translator
  • Randy Wolters (b. 1990), Dutch footballer
  • Oliver William Wolters OBE (1915-2000), British academic, historian and author
  • Carsten "Erle" Wolters (b. 1969), retired German footballer who played from 1992 through 2008
  • Rudolf Wolters (1903-1983), German architect and government official

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Wolters Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wolters Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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