Wolters History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Wolters family

The surname Wolters was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor or Crowhurst.

Walter of Lorraine (d. 1079), was Bishop of Hereford, a native of Lotharingia or Lorraine, was chaplain of Edith or Eadgyth (d. 1075), the Confessor's queen, and as a reward of his industry was appointed to the bishopric of Hereford at Christmas 1060. [1]

Walter of Palermo ( fl. 1170), was Archbishop of Palermo, primate and chancellor of Sicily, and was sent to Sicily by Henry II of England as an instructor for young William II of Sicily. [1]

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." [2]

"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." [2]

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. [2]

Early History of the Wolters family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolters research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1847, 1412, 1412, 1566, 1630, 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Wolters family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Walter or FitzWalter (d. 1412?), an early astrologer, educated at Winchester and Oxford. He died at Winchester, and was buried there about 1412. [1] Sir John Walter (1566-1630), was an English judge, second son of Edmund Walter of Ludlow, Shropshire. [1] Henry...
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Ireland Migration of the Wolters family to Ireland

Some of the Wolters family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Wolters migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Wolters Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andreas Wolters, who arrived in America in 1780 [3]
  • Christian Wolters, who arrived in America in 1780
  • Andreas Wolters, who settled in America in 1780
  • Christian Wolters, who landed in America in 1780 [3]
  • Conrad Wolters, who arrived in America in 1780 [3]
  • ... (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 [3]
  • Fried W Wolters, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [3]
  • Cath Wolters, who settled in New York in 1835
  • Cath Wolters, aged 47, who arrived in New York in 1835 [3]
  • 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.)

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

Flight TWA 800
  • Mrs. Bonnie Wolters (1952-1996), from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [4]

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm

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