In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Woolston surname lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements named Woolstone are in Buckinghamshire
. Wolstan is a parish in Warwickshire
and Woolston is a hamlet in Somerset
. The surname Woolston belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Woolston family
The surname Woolston was first found in Lancashire
at Woolstone, a township, in the parish and union of Warrington, hundred
of West Derby. Saint Walstan (or Walston) (died 1016) dedicated his life to farming and the care of farm animals and is accordingly the patron saint of farms, farmers, farmhands, ranchers and husbandrymen. "[Bawburgh, or Babur in Norfolk] is distinguished as the birthplace of St. Walstan; he lived at Taverham, where he died in 1016, and his remains were removed hither, and enshrined in a chapel in the parish church. The resort of pilgrims to visit his shrine greatly enriched the vicar and officiating priests, who, in 1309, rebuilt the church; but the chapel in which the remains of the saint were deposited was demolished in the reign of Henry VIII." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Woolston family
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Woolston Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Woolston are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Woolston include: Woolston, Woolton, Wolston and others.
Early Notables of the Woolston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woolston family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Woolston or a variant listed above:
Woolston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Woolston, who settled in New Castle, Delaware in 1677
- John Woolston, who landed in New Jersey in 1677 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Woolston (post 1700)
- Thomas G. Woolston, American patent attorney, founder of MercExchange
- Bob Woolston (b. 1968), English cricketer who made one first-class appearance for Somerset during the 1987 season