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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Wooley 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Wooley Early Origins



The surname Wooley was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat in Longdendale. Woolley is also located in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire 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. [2]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." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Wooley Spelling Variations


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Wooley Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Woolley, Wooley, Wooly and others.

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Wooley Early History


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Wooley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wooley research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1675, 1695 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Wooley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wooley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wooley Early Notables (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 Wooley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wooley In Ireland


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Wooley In Ireland



Some of the Wooley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Wooley or a variant listed above:

Wooley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Wooley settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Wooley, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Wooley settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Wooley, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Wooley, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wooley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Wooley, aged 53, landed in Ohio in 1812
  • Milling Wooley, aged 32, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1813
  • James Wooley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1872

Wooley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Elihu Wooley U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Wooley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Wooley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Henry Wooley, aged 25, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Ostrich"
  • William Wooley, aged 33, a baker, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
  • Elizabeth Wooley, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wooley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wooley (post 1700)



  • Peter Wesley Wooley (b. 1934), American Emmy Award nominated production designer
  • Lieutenant General Michael W. Wooley, American Air Force officer, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida
  • John Steven Wooley (b. 1949), American author from Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Michael-Leon Wooley (b. 1971), American Black Reel Award nominated television, film and theatre actor and singer
  • Shelby F. "Sheb" Wooley (1921-2003), American Western Heritage Award winning character actor and singer, best known for his 1958 novelty song "The Purple People Eater"
  • Charles Wooley (b. 1948), Australian journalist, reporter and writer
  • Trevor D. Wooley FRS, British mathematician, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bristol

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Wooley Historic Events


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Wooley Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Bert Wooley, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Wooley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wooley 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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