The name Wolversdon was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wolversdon family lived in Suffolk
, at Wolverston.
The surname Wolversdon was originally derived from the Old English elements wulf,
meaning settlement or enclosure.
The name was originally Wulkton, and gradually evolved into its current form.
Early Origins of the Wolversdon family
The surname Wolversdon was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Woolverstone. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy
in the year 1086 A.D. after his conquest of England
in 1066, Woolverstone was held by a Norman Noble, Robert Gernon, and as was the Norman custom, the second son adopted the name of the manor or village for his surname. At the survey Woolverstone was a village, with a church, 12 beasts, 30 pigs, 100 sheep and 36 goats. The Church was rebuilt by Sir Gilbert Scott in the 19th century.
Early History of the Wolversdon family
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Wolversdon Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Wolversdon have been found, including Wolferstan, Wolferstone, Wolverstone, Wolverston, Wolversdon, Wolversden, Wolversdan, Wolferston, Woolferstone, Woolverston and many more.
Early Notables of the Wolversdon family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Mary Wolverston, better known as Lady Killigrew (c.
1525-1582), a Suffolk
woman who was accused of piracy during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As the story goes, whenever her husband went to sea, Mary engaged in piracy using the staff of her... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wolversdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wolversdon family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Wolversdon were among those contributors: Benjamin Wolverston and Elizabeth Wolverstone who settled in Barbados with their servants in 1679.