Woolich is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Woolich family lived in Kent
, at Woolwich.
Early Origins of the Woolich family
The surname Woolich was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
. The name is derived from the borough of London, which, originally the Saxon name Hulviz, at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 by Duke William of Normandy
, was held by Hamo the Sheriff, sometimes known as Hamo the Senechal (historian). It was customary amongst the Norman Barons to assign the name of the locality as a surname to a son so as to distinguish son from father. Hamo's, second son, Hamon, is most likely to be the under-tenant holding Woolwich, from his father, and conjecturally, the family are descended thusly. Wollage Green was also held, as was Woolwich Wood.
Early History of the Woolich family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolich research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1524, 1827, 1598, 1668, 1621, 1625, 1640 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Woolich History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woolich 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 Woolwich, Woolidge, Woolich, Woolidge, Woolage, Wooledge, Woledge, Woolage, Wolage, Wolledge, Worledge, Worlidge, Worllege, Worlledge, Worlage, Wolladge, Woolidge, Wollage, Wooladge, Worlych, Woolych, Woolydge, Wollydge, Warledge, Wullich, Wullidge, Wulladge, Wullage, Wooleich and many more.
Early Notables of the Woolich family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woolich 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 Woolich or a variant listed above were: John, Henry, William and Mary Wooleich whom settled in Virgina in 1650; John Woliche, his wife, two sons and three daughters settled in New England
in 1709 from London England..