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The Anglo-Saxon name Wooldridge comes from Wulfric, a Germanic personal name that became common in England after the Norman Conquest. After King William the Conqueror defeated the Saxon nobility at the Battle of Hastings, he encouraged the immigration of skilled tradesmen and administrators from the continent into England. Many of these came from the area where Germany would later become a nation. This resulted in the importation of a large number of new personal names and surnames. The personal name Wulfric means "wolf-powerful." This name appears in the Domesday Book as Wlfric and Vlfri c. This name is a vernacular name, arising from the vernacular tradition of naming. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries.

Wooldridge Early Origins



The surname Wooldridge was first found in Staffordshire, where the Wooldridge family held a seat from ancient times. The family was Lords of the manor of Leek, Aldithley, and Balterley in Staffordshire, and of Croxton and Etchells in the county of Cheshire, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Wooldridge Spelling Variations


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Wooldridge Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wooldridge were recorded, including Woolrich, Woolridge, Wolrich, Woolrych, Wolridge, Wooldridge and many more.

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Wooldridge Early History


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Wooldridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wooldridge research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1633 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Wooldridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wooldridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wooldridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wooldridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wooldridge family emigrate to North America:

Wooldridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Wooldridge, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Edward Wooldridge, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • Thomas Wooldridge, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Wooldridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael Wooldridge, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Wooldridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wooldridge, aged 56, arrived in New York in 1812
  • J R Wooldridge, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Wooldridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William K Wooldridge arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • Mary Wooldridge arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • Richard Wooldridge arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • Charles Wooldridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Henry Wooldridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wooldridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wooldridge (post 1700)



  • William O. Wooldridge (1922-2012), United States Army soldier, the first Sergeant Major of the US Army
  • Adrian Wooldridge, American Management Editor and columnist for The Economist magazine
  • Joel Powhatan Wooldridge (b. 1979), American contract bridge player, multiple national champion and world junior champion
  • George B. Wooldridge, American business manager of the first blackface minstrel troupe, the Virginia Minstrels
  • Dean Everett Wooldridge (1913-2006), American engineer in the aerospace industry
  • Hugh Wooldridge, English theatre director, theatre and television producer and writer, son of John Wooldridge
  • Sydney William Wooldridge (1900-1963), English geographer
  • Tom Wooldridge (1936-2016), known as Tom Leppard, British soldier considered by the Guinness World Records to be the world's most tattooed man
  • Wing Commander John De Lacy Wooldridge (1919-1958), British film composer, father of Hugh Wooldridge
  • Mike Wooldridge OBE, British world affairs correspondent for the BBC News
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  11. ...

The Wooldridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wooldridge Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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