Woollen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woollen family

The surname Woollen was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1235 when they held estates in Hertfordshire, the original spelling as Woulond.

Early History of the Woollen family

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Woollen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woolland, Woollan, Woollon, Woollons, Wollen, Woollens, Wollan, Woollam, Wolin, Woolham, Woollams, Woolham, Woollham, Wollensbrook and many more.

Early Notables of the Woollen family (pre 1700)

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United States Woollen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woollen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Woollen, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [1]
Woollen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Woollen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 [1]

Australia Woollen migration to Australia +

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

Woollen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Woollen, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 21 years, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]


The Woollen 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: Favente Deo
Motto Translation: I will defend my God.


  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 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/candahar


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