Woolery is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Woolery family lived in Cheshire
, at Woolley.
"This family, anciently De Wolegh, or De Woloey, were settled in Longdendale, co Chester as early as the reign of King John." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Woolery family
The surname Woolery was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
in Longdendale. Woolley is also located in Cambridgeshire
and West Yorkshire
. These place names are derived from the Old English words wulf + leah and literally means "wood or clearing frequented by wolves." Two of the places are listed in the Domesday Book
as Ciluelai in Cambridgeshire
and Wiluelai in West Yorkshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Another branch of the family was found at Thorpe in Surrey in later years. "The manor appears to have been held under the abbots of Chertsey in the 15th century, by a family named Thorpe: after the Dissolution, Queen Elizabeth granted the lands to Sir John Wolley, her Latin secretary." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Woolery family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolery research.Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1675, 1695 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Woolery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woolery Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Woolley, Wooley, Wooly and others.
Early Notables of the Woolery family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Wolley; Hannah Woolley, (Wolley) (1622-c.1675), an English writer who published early books on household management, probably the first to earn... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woolery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woolery family to Ireland
Some of the Woolery family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Woolery family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Woolery or a variant listed above were:
Woolery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Doreen May Woolery, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1919
- David Woolery, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1919
- J. Woolery, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1921
- Marcell T. Woolery, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1924
- Newman W. Woolery, aged 5, who settled in York, Pennsylvania, in 1924
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Contemporary Notables of the name Woolery (post 1700)
- Adrian Woolery (1909-1992), American production manager and producer best known for his annimated shorts
- Eric Woolery, American Documentary Film Award winning director for his Dance Dance Documentary (2004)
- Charles Herbert "Chuck" Woolery (b. 1941), American game show host, original host of Wheel of Fortune (1975–1981), Love Connection (1983–1994), and Scrabble from (1984–1990)