Womblay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Womblay family lived in Cheshire
, at Twemlow.
Early Origins of the Womblay family
The surname Womblay was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times as Lords of the manor of Hatherton in that shire. Conjecturally they are descended from William Malbank who was holder of the village of Hatherton at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a census initiated by William the Conqueror after his conquest of England
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Womblay family
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Womblay Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Twemloe, Twemlow, Twemlowe, Twamley and others.
Early Notables of the Womblay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Womblay family to Ireland
Some of the Womblay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Womblay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Womblay or a variant listed above: Andrew Twamley who landed in North America in 1700.