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Woolson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The story of the Woolson family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The name Woolson was derived from the personal name William. The name literally was derived from the patronymic expression son of William or son of Wil. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


Early Origins of the Woolson family


The surname Woolson was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where John Wulson was a merchant in the service of Sir John of Montgomery in 1405. Michael Wilsoun was Burgess of Irvine in 1418, and John Wilson was Burgess of Berwick in 1467. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Early History of the Woolson family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolson research.
Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1603, 1685, 1680 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Woolson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woolson Spelling Variations


Standards used to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Woolson has been recorded as Wilson, Willson, Wilsone, Wulson, Wilsoun and others.

Early Notables of the Woolson family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Margaret Wilson (died 1685), one of the Wigton martyrs, a young Scottish Covenanter from Wigtownshire executed by drowning for...
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Migration of the Woolson family to Ireland


Some of the Woolson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Woolson family to the New World and Oceana


The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Woolson name:

Woolson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sorry Woolson, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Woolson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. A. G. Woolson, aged 54, who landed in America from London, in 1892

Woolson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • A.M. Woolson, aged 64, who settled in America, in 1906
  • William D. Woolson, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Ruth Woolson, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1909
  • W. D. Woolson, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Mrs. John Woolson, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Woolson (post 1700)


  • Constance Fenimore Woolson (1840-1894), American novelist and short story writer, grandniece of James Fenimore Cooper
  • Albert Woolson (1850-1956), American soldier, the last surviving member of the Union Army who fought in the American Civil War
  • John Simson Woolson (1840-1899), United States federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

The Woolson Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vincit qui se vincit
Motto Translation: He conquers, who conquers himself.


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Citations


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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