Early Origins of the Woolfenden family
The surname Woolfenden was first found in Lancashire
at Wolfenden, a district, once a hamlet, in Rossendale. Few early records of the name exist. The Wills of Chester list George Hey, of Wolfenden, forest of Rossendale in 1620 and James Wolfenden, of Rochdale in 1614. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"The Wolfendens or Woolfendens, who are more numerous in the West Riding [of Yorkshire], derive their name from a Lancashire
township. The Wolfendens were established in Rochdale in the 16th century." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Woolfenden family
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Woolfenden Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wolfenden, Woolfenden, Woffenden, Woffendon, Woffinden, Woffindon, Wooffinden, Wolfeden and many more.
Early Notables of the Woolfenden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woolfenden family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Woolfenden (post 1700)
- Guy Anthony Woolfenden OBE (1937-2016), English composer and conductor; he composed around 150 scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company
- Stephen Woolfenden, British television director, best known as the second unit director for the Harry Potter films