Woltume History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the name Woltume date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Woltume family lived in one of the many places called Walton found throughout England. The surname Woltume belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Woltume family
The surname Woltume was first found in Somerset at Walton-In-Gordano, a parish, in the union of Bedminster, hundred of Portbury. "This manor was owned by Ralph de Mortimer, kinsman of William the Conqueror; some of his family were earls of March, and under them the manor was held for several generations by Richard de Walton and his descendants." 
However, some of the family also held estates at Walton-On-The-Hill in Lancashire from early times. "In the time of Edward the Confessor, Winestan, a Saxon, held Waletone; and soon after the Conquest a family named Waleton or Walton is mentioned as having possessions here. By a charter of the 2nd of John, the king granted all his land in Waleton to Richard de Mida, son of Gilbert de Waleton; and the same family is named in connexion with various legal acts in subsequent reigns. In the 15th century, Roger Walton died without male issue, and his two daughters carried their inheritance to their husbands." 
Simon de Wauton, Watton, Walton or Walthone (d. 1266), Bishop of Norwich was probably a native of Walton d'Eiville, Warwickshire and was "one of the clerks of King John, and received from him the church of St. Andrew, Hastings, on 9 April 1206, and two other livings in the two following years." 
Early History of the Woltume family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woltume research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1624, 1351, 1370, 1437, 1370, 1410, 1490, 1593, 1683, 1600, 1661, 1600, 1661, 1665, 1739, 1665, 1690 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Woltume History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woltume Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Woltume are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Woltume include: Walton, Waltone and others.
Early Notables of the Woltume family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Walton, British Knight who bravely fought at the Combat of the Thirty on March 26th, 1351.
Another Sir Thomas Walton (1370?-1437?), was Speaker of the House of Commons, born probably about 1370, was son of John de Walton of Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire. 
John Walton (fl. 1410), was an English poet and another John Walton (d. 1490?) was Archbishop of Dublin. Izaak Walton (1593-1683), was an English writer, best known as the author of The Compleat (Complete) Angler.
Brian Walton (1600-1661), was an English cleric and scholar...
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Migration of the Woltume family to Ireland
Some of the Woltume family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Woltume family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Woltume or a variant listed above: Daniel Walton who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Walton settled in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Walton settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1775; William Walton settled in Barbados in 1678.
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: Murus aeneus virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is a wall of brass.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print