The name Woolstencroft first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived at Woolstencroft
in the county of Cheshire
. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English personal name Wulfstan
and the Old English word croft,
meaning paddock, farm or enclosure,
meaning area of dry land.
The name thus translates as the dweller at Wulfstan's farm.
Early Origins of the Woolstencroft family
The surname Woolstencroft was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
in 1066, in Wolstenholme, near Warrington, in that shire. Conjecturally they were descended from Woolston in Warwickshire
, a pre-Norman Saxon settlement.
Early History of the Woolstencroft family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolstencroft research.Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1574, 1700, 1562, 1639, 1610, 1670, 1640, 1622, 1691, 1649, 1709, 1676, 1717, 1689, 1724, 1660, 1738 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Woolstencroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woolstencroft Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Woolstencroft has appeared include Woolstenholme, Wolstonholme, Wolstenholme and many more.
Early Notables of the Woolstencroft family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Wolstenholme (1562-1639), an English merchant who sponsored the Henry Hudson's last mission in 1610 to find the Northwest Passage, eponym of Cape Wolstenholme, Quebec, Canada; Sir John Wolstenholme, 1st Baronet
(died 1670), Member of Parliament for Queenborough in 1640, supporter of... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woolstencroft Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woolstencroft family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Woolstencroft arrived in North America very early: John Wolstenholme arrived in Pennsylvania in 1865.
Contemporary Notables of the name Woolstencroft (post 1700)
- Tom Woolstencroft (b. 1994), English professional rugby union player
- Lynne Elizabeth Woolstencroft (1943-2013), Canadian politician, Mayor of Waterloo, Ontario (2000-2003)
- Lauren Woolstencroft (b. 1981), Canadian eight-time gold medalist alpine skier
The Woolstencroft 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: In ardua virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue against difficulties.