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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 288 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1097 and 1246 are included under the topic Early Woolman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is 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


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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. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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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