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Woolridge is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived 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.

Woolridge Early Origins



The surname Woolridge was first found in Staffordshire, where the Woolridge 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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Woolridge Spelling Variations


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Woolridge Spelling Variations



Woolridge has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Woolrich, Woolridge, Wolrich, Woolrych, Wolridge, Wooldridge and many more.

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Woolridge Early History


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Woolridge Early History



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

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Woolridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woolridge Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Woolridges to arrive on North American shores:

Woolridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Woolridge, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Woolridge, who immigrated to Barbados in 1685

Woolridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Roger Woolridge, who settled in Maryland in 1752
  • Stephen Woolridge settled in Maryland in 1753

Woolridge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Tristam Woolridge, who was living in Prince Edward Island in 1831

Woolridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Woolridge, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"
  • Eliza Woolridge, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woolridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Woolridge (post 1700)



  • Orlando Vernada Woolridge (1959-2012), American professional NBA basketball player
  • James Woolridge (b. 1972), retired American soccer defender
  • Lori Bryant- Woolridge (b. 1958), Emmy Award-winning Chinese-American/African-American author
  • Renaldo "Swiperboy" Woolridge (b. 1990), American college basketball player for the University of Tennessee
  • Randolph Joseph Woolridge (1956-2009), Australian first-class cricket umpire

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Suggested Readings for the name Woolridge


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Suggested Readings for the name Woolridge



  • John Woolridge, Blacksmith by Laurence B. Gardiner.
  • Josiah and Keziah Nicholas Wooldridge and Their Ancestors by Wright W. Frost.

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    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. 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).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Woolridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woolridge 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.

    This page was last modified on 26 August 2016 at 16:07.

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