Woolford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Woolford family

The surname Woolford was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, from about the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Woolford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolford research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1833 is included under the topic Early Woolford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woolford Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Woolford family (pre 1700)

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United States Woolford migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Roger Woolford, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
Woolford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Woolford, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
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 immigrated 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 immigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Woolford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Woolford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Frederick Woolford, English convict who was convicted in Gloucestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Joseph Woolford, aged 19, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]
  • William S. Woolford, aged 44, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]
  • Mary Ann Woolford, aged 16, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

New Zealand Woolford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Woolford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Woolford, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • Ambrose Woolford, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Woolford (post 1700) +

  • Keo Woolford (1967-2016), American actor, producer, and director
  • Donnell Woolford (b. 1966), American NFL football cornerback
  • Cyril Woolford (d. 2018), English rugby league player who played from 1949 to 1961
  • Martyn Woolford (b. 1985), English footballer
  • 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

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William H C Woolford, British Yeoman of Signals, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [4]


The Woolford Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstevenson1855.shtml
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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