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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wolmer, Woolmer, Wollmore, Woolman, Ullmer, Ulmer, Wollmer, Wulmar, Wulmare, Wilmore, Wilmer, Wilmere, Wulmere, Woolmore, Woolmore, Wollmor and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Swinstead, held by Walter d'Aincourt, a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolman research. Another 343 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1097, 1246, 1632, 1692, 1655, 1718, 1685, 1755, 1720 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Woolman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woolman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woolman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Woolman, who landed in Maryland in 1649
  • Eleanor Woolman, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • John Woolman, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678
  • Sarah Woolman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Gilbert Woolman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683

Woolman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Woolman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844

Woolman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Woolman a sailmaker, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Margaret Woolman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Daniel Woolman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Hannah Woolman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Peter Woolman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837


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  • John Woolman (1720-1772), American Quaker preacher and reformer, an early abolitionist
  • Collett Everman Woolman (1889-1966), American businessman, one of four founders of Delta Air Service, now known as Delta Air Lines
  • Harry Simon Woolman (1909-1996), American stuntman who specialized in motorcycle jumps, car crashes, and pyrotechnics, active from the 1930s through the early 1960s
  • Eugenia Woolman (1916-2007), primarily recognized as an American collage and collograph artist
  • Steven Woolman, American illustrator, best known for his work on The Watertower, a 1994 children's picture book
  • Stephen Errol Woolman (b. 1953), Lord Woolman, a Scottish legal academic, Senator of the College of Justice (2008-)


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Woolman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woolman 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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