The name Woolage was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Woolage family lived in Kent
, at Woolwich.
Early Origins of the Woolage family
The surname Woolage was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
. The name is derived from the borough of London, which, originally the Saxon name Hulviz, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 by Duke William of Normandy
, was held by Hamo the Sheriff, sometimes known as Hamo the Senechal (historian). It was customary amongst the Norman Barons to assign the name of the locality as a surname to a son so as to distinguish son from father. Hamo's, second son, Hamon, is most likely to be the under-tenant holding Woolwich, from his father, and conjecturally, the family are descended thusly. Wollage Green was also held, as was Woolwich Wood.
Early History of the Woolage family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolage research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1524, 1827, 1598, 1668, 1621, 1625, 1640 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Woolage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woolage Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Woolage are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Woolage include Woolwich, Woolidge, Woolich, Woolidge, Woolage, Wooledge, Woledge, Woolage, Wolage, Wolledge, Worledge, Worlidge, Worllege, Worlledge, Worlage, Wolladge, Woolidge, Wollage, Wooladge, Worlych, Woolych, Woolydge, Wollydge, Warledge, Wullich, Wullidge, Wulladge, Wullage, Wooleich and many more.
Early Notables of the Woolage family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woolage family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Woolage, or a variant listed above: John, Henry, William and Mary Wooleich whom settled in Virgina in 1650; John Woliche, his wife, two sons and three daughters settled in New England
in 1709 from London England..