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Woolrich is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from Wulfric, a Germanic personal name that became common in England after the Norman Conquest. After King William the Conqueror defeated the Saxon nobility at the Battle of Hastings, he encouraged the immigration of skilled tradesmen and administrators from the continent into England. Many of these came from the area where Germany would later become a nation. This resulted in the importation of a large number of new personal names and surnames. The personal name Wulfric means "wolf-powerful." This name appears in the Domesday Book as Wlfric and Vlfri c. This name is a vernacular name, arising from the vernacular tradition of naming. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries.

Woolrich Early Origins



The surname Woolrich was first found in Staffordshire, where the Woolrich family held a seat from ancient times. The family was Lords of the manor of Leek, Aldithley, and Balterley in Staffordshire, and of Croxton and Etchells in the county of Cheshire, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Woolrich Spelling Variations


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Woolrich Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Woolrich have been found, including Woolrich, Woolridge, Wolrich, Woolrych, Wolridge, Wooldridge and many more.

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Woolrich Early History


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Woolrich Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolrich research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1633 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Woolrich History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woolrich Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woolrich Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woolrich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Woolrich, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Woolrich Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John and Sarah Woolrich, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Joanne Woolrich, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Joane Woolrich, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Timo Woolrich, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Timothy Woolrich arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Woolrich Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Woolrich, who came to San Francisco in 1850
  • George Woolrich, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woolrich (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Woolrich (post 1700)



  • Cornell Woolrich (1903-1968), well-known author of "Rear Window," the Black Novels, and numerous pulp mysteries

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. 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.
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    11. ...

    The Woolrich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woolrich 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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