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Where did the English Woolwine family come from? What is the English Woolwine family crest and coat of arms? When did the Woolwine family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Woolwine family history?

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woolwine research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woolwine History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woolwine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Frances Woolwine, aged 31, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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  • Thomas Lee Woolwine, American politician, District Attorney of Los Angeles County 1914-1923


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

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Woolwine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woolwine 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 7 February 2014 at 10:25.

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