The history of the Woolton family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 Woolton 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 Woolton family
The surname Woolton 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 Woolton family
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Woolton Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Woolton include Woolston, Woolton, Wolston and others.
Early Notables of the Woolton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woolton family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Woolton or a variant listed above:
Woolton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Woolton, who settled in Virginia in 1639
Woolton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Woolton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 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)
- John Woolton, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1893
- Thomas T. Woolton, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1893
- Thomas Woolton, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1895
Woolton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Joseph Woolton, aged 27, who landed in America from Hurst, in 1901
- Frances Charles Thomas Woolton, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Oldbury, in 1905
- Eveline Woolton, aged 15, who settled in America from Middlesboro, England, in 1913
- Elizabeth Woolton, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Helchin, England, in 1915
- James Woolton, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1921
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Woolton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Albert Maurice Woolton, aged 34, who emigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1912
Woolton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Rebecca Woolton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inflexible" in 1870
Contemporary Notables of the name Woolton (post 1700)
- Frederick James Marquis Woolton (1883-1964), English politician and businessman
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)