Woolwine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woolwine family

The surname Woolwine was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Wilfwinus near Bury who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Undoubtedly, this family name is a branch of the Walwyns of Brecknockshire. Nevertheless the Woolvins remained in the south east in Suffolk, Essex and Sussex.

Early History of the Woolwine family

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Woolwine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woolven, Woolwin, Woolwine, Wollwyne, Wollwin, Woolfin, Woolvin, Woolvine, Woolin, Woolvern, Woollven, Woolwyn, Woollvin, Wollwyne, Wollwin, Woollwin, Wulwin, Wullwin, Wulwine and many more.

Early Notables of the Woolwine family (pre 1700)

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United States Woolwine migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woolwine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frances Woolwine, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • C. R. Woolwine, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Charles Woolwine, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Francis Woolwine, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Sams Woolwine, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Woolwine (post 1700) +

  • Emmons H. Woolwine (1899-1951), American architect of Nashville, Tennessee
  • Thomas Lee Woolwine (1874-1925), American politician, District Attorney of Los Angeles County 1914-1923
  • Clare Woolwine, American politician who served in the California legislature representing the 63rd Assembly District


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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