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Early Origins of the Womack family

The surname Womack was first found in Norfolk where early entries for this family are scarce. We did find that Henry Womack was vicar of Great Ellingham, Norfolk in 1601. [1]

The name "seems to mean Hollow Oak (from residence thereby) [Old English wamb, womb, hollow, cavity + ac, oak-tree]" [2] and another source notes that it could have been a personal name as in Wimarch, Wimer which appear in the Domesday Book of 1086. [3]

Early History of the Womack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Womack research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1607, 1612, 1629, 1632, 1634, 1642, 1660, 1683, 1686 and 1770 are included under the topic Early Womack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Womack Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Womack, Wormack, Womock, Wormock, Wormack, Wornack and many more.

Early Notables of the Womack family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Laurence Womock (also Lawrence Womach or Womack) (1612-1686), an English bishop, Archdeacon of Suffolk (1660), Bishop of St David's (1683.) He was the "son of Laurence Womock, rector of Lopham from 16...

Womack Ranking

In the United States, the name Womack is the 1,061st most popular surname with an estimated 27,357 people with that name. [4]


United States Womack migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Womack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Womack who settled in Texas in 1823
  • Mark S Womack, who landed in Texas in 1835 [5]
Womack Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Womack, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Salto" from Montevideo, Uraguay [6]
  • Benj. F. Womack, aged 50,arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Colon" from Cristobal C. Z. [6]
  • Lyle Earl Womack, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Colon" from Cristobal C. Z. [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Womack (post 1700) +

  • Shawn Womack (b. 1972), American Republican former member of the Arkansas State Senate (2003-2009)
  • Lee Ann Womack (b. 1966), American country music singer and songwriter, awarded five Academy of Country Music Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, and a Grammy Award
  • John Womack Jr. (b. 1937), American historian, former Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics at Harvard University
  • James E. Womack (b. 1941), American biologist and a professor at Texas A&M University
  • James P. Womack (b. 1990), American research director of the International Motor Vehicle Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, known for his 1990 book The Machine That Changed the World
  • Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack (1944-2014), American singer-songwriter and musician
  • Mark Womack (b. 1992), American actor
  • Stephen Allen "Steve" Womack (b. 1957), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas (2011-)
  • Anthony Darrell "Tony" Womack (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1993 to 2006
  • Lantz Womack (1914-1998), American politician, Louisiana State Representative from Franklin (1958-1976)
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Womack Motto +

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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


Suggested Readings for the name Womack +

  • Womack Genealogy by Maxine Hulse Tinkham.

  1. Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  5. 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)
  6. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result


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