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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?


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.


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


  • Clare Woolwine, American politician who served in the California legislature representing the 63rd Assembly District
  • Emmons H. Woolwine (1899-1951), American architect of Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. 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.

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