Show ContentsWomble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Womble arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Womble family lived in the South Yorkshire, at Wombwell. where "the family took the local name of Wombwell from the manor in the thirteenth century." [1] While this may the case, another reference claims that the progenitor of the family was "Robert de Wombwell, temp King Stephen. [reign: 1135-1154]" [2]

Early Origins of the Womble family

The surname Womble was first found in South Yorkshire, at Wombwell, a small town near Barnsley that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Wanbuelle at that time and literally meant "spring or stream in a hollow, or from a man called Wamba," from the Old English word "wamb" or the personal name + "wella." [3] Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, this town lays claim to having the first ever recorded case of scrying (finding stolen property with the help of a crystal ball) in 1467 when William Byg was charged for heresy. The oldest ancestor of the family was "Hugh Wombwell of Wombwell, son of Henry Lowell de Wombwell, living in the reign of Edward III." [1] Wombwell Hall, near Northfleet in Kent was built by a branch of the family in 1471. It was held by the family until 1646, when the local branch of the family died out and John Forterie, a Huguenot refugee from Lille, purchased the estate.

Early History of the Womble family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Womble research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1574 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Womble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Womble Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Wombwell, Womwell, Wombwall and others.

Early Notables of the Womble family

More information is included under the topic Early Womble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Womble Ranking

In the United States, the name Womble is the 5,213rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

United States Womble migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Womble or a variant listed above:

Womble Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander M. Womble, aged 46, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • A. M. Womble, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1894
Womble Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Womble, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Pembroke M. Womble, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Lloyd Alexander Womble, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Lloyd Womble, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1908

Contemporary Notables of the name Womble (post 1700) +

  • John Warren Womble (1920-2015), American coach for the Peoria Caterpillars who had the most wins in the National Industrial Basketball League in 1954
  • Royce Cullen Womble (b. 1931), former professional American NFL football running back who played from 1954 to 1960
  • Larry W. Womble (b. 1941), American Democratic politician, Member of the North Carolina General Assembly (1994-2012)
  • David Robert Womble (b. 1977), English cricketer
  • Trevor Womble (b. 1951), former English footballer who played from 1968 to 1973

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook