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Where did the English Woolford family come from? What is the English Woolford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Woolford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Woolford family history?

The ancestors of the Woolford surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in one of the settlements called Walford in Dorset, Herefordshire, or Shropshire, or in Walford Hall in Warwickshire. The surname Woolford belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Woolford include Walford, Wallford and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, from about the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolford research. Another 308 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1833 is included under the topic Early Woolford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Woolford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Woolford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Mary Woolford, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Roger Woolford, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Woolford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George Woolford, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Woolford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Woolford, aged 50, who landed in America from Reading, in 1892
  • Lydia Woolford, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Woolford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Frank Woolford, aged 21, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Frederik John Woolford, aged 25, who settled in America from Bristol, England, in 1907
  • Theodora Woolford, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Nellie Woolford, aged 17, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Caroline Woolford, aged 26, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908


Woolford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Woolford, aged 19, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"
  • William S. Woolford, aged 44, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"
  • Mary Ann Woolford, aged 16, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Woolford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Woolford arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Ambrose Woolford arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875

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  • Donnell Woolford (b. 1966), American NFL football cornerback
  • Martyn Woolford (b. 1985), English footballer
  • Cyril Woolford, retired English rugby league player
  • Mr. William H C Woolford, British Yeoman of Signals, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Simon Woolford (b. 1975), Australian retired rugby league player
  • Paul Matthew Woolford (b. 1977), New Zealand silver medalist field hockey player at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, New Zealand Player of the Year (2004)
  • Julian Woolford, British theater director and writer


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nosce teipsum
Motto Translation: Know thyself.

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