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Where did the English Woolley family come from? What is the English Woolley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Woolley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Woolley family history?Woolley is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Woolley family lived in Cheshire, at Woolley.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Woolley, Wooley, Wooly and others.
First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat in Longdendale. The name was anciently spelt De Wolegh, or de Woley. Woolley is also located in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire and West Yorkshire. These place names are derived from the Old English words wulf + leah and literally means "wood or clearing frequented by wolves." Two of the places are listed in the Domesday Book as Ciluelai in Cambridgeshire and Wiluelai in West Yorkshire. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolley research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1675, 1695 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Woolley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woolley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Woolley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Woolley or a variant listed above:
Woolley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Woolley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Woolley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Woolley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Woolley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Woolley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woolley 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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