Woolnough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woolnough family

The surname Woolnough was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. 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 1296 when Wulnoth held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Woolnough family

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Woolnough Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woolnough, Woolno, Woolnoe, Woolner, Woolnoth, Woolnow, Woolnoe, Woolmore and many more.

Early Notables of the Woolnough family (pre 1700)

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Australia Woolnough migration to Australia +

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

Woolnough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Woolnough, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • James Woolnough, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850 [2]
  • Mr. Godfrey Woolnough, English convict who was convicted in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Woolnough (post 1700) +

  • General James Karrick Woolnough (1910-1996), Commanding General of the United States Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia from 1967 to 1970
  • Hilda Mary Woolnough (1934-2007), English world-renowned artist
  • Walter George Woolnough (1876-1958), Australian geologist
  • Adam Woolnough (b. 1981), Australian professional rugby league player
  • Fred Woolnough Paterson (1897-1977), Australian politician and Rhodes Scholar

HMS Royal Oak
  • George H. Woolnough, British Corporal with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JennyLind.gif
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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