Early Origins of the Woolsy family
The surname Woolsy was first found in Staffordshire
at Wolseley, a hamlet in the hundred
of Pirehill which dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Ulselei. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
It was land held by the Bishop of Chester and was quite small having 4 villans, 2 borders with 1 plough and 3 acres of meadows. Over the centuries the hamlet has remained quite small. A census taken in the 1800s lists only 133 inhabitants. The hamlet includes the small village of Wolseley-Bridge, and about half a mile west of the bridge stands Wolseley Hall, the family manor with a stately facade crowned with an embattled parapet. The interior is embellished with beautifully-carved oak panels that date back to the time of Charles II. The family was "the most ancient among all the very ancient families in this county" and are "said to have been resident at Wolseley even before the Norman Conquest
, and it has ever since remained their seat and residence." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
One of the earliest records of the family was Robert de Wolsley, vicar of Addingham in Craven, 1353. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Woolsy family
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Woolsy Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wolseley, Wolsley, Woolsley, Wolsey, Woolsey and many more.
Early Notables of the Woolsy family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c.
1473-1530), English prelate, Archbishop of York, Primate of England
(1514-1529), Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII; Sir Robert Wolseley, (c.
1587-1646), created a Baronet
by Charles I in 1628; and his son, Sir Charles Wolseley, 2nd Baronet
(ca.1630-1714)... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woolsy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woolsy family to Ireland
Some of the Woolsy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woolsy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Woolsley settled in New York in 1823; Joseph Woollsey settled in New York in 1823; Joseph Woolsey settled in Baltimore in 1789; Phillip Wolsey arrived in Philadelphia in 1802..
The Woolsy 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: Homo homini lupus
Motto Translation: Man a wolf to man.