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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, or holm, meaning area of dry land. The name thus translates as the dweller at Wulfstan's farm.

Woolstencroft Early Origins



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.

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Woolstencroft Spelling Variations


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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.

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Woolstencroft Early History


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Woolstencroft Early History



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.

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Woolstencroft Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woolstencroft Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woolstencroft (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    11. ...

    The Woolstencroft Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woolstencroft 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 3 March 2016 at 04:57.

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