The name Wooly reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Wooly family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wooly family lived in Cheshire
, at Woolley.
"This family, anciently De Wolegh, or De Woloey, were settled in Longdendale, co Chester as early as the reign of King John." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Wooly family
The surname Wooly was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
in Longdendale. Woolley is also located in Cambridgeshire
and West Yorkshire
. These place names are derived from the Old English words wulf + leah and literally means "wood or clearing frequented by wolves." Two of the places are listed in the Domesday Book
as Ciluelai in Cambridgeshire
and Wiluelai in West Yorkshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Another branch of the family was found at Thorpe in Surrey in later years. "The manor appears to have been held under the abbots of Chertsey in the 15th century, by a family named Thorpe: after the Dissolution, Queen Elizabeth granted the lands to Sir John Wolley, her Latin secretary." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Wooly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wooly research.Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1675, 1695 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Wooly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wooly Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Woolley, Wooley, Wooly and others.
Early Notables of the Wooly family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Wolley; Hannah Woolley, (Wolley) (1622-c.1675), an English writer who published early books on household management, probably the first to earn... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wooly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wooly family to Ireland
Some of the Wooly family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 85 words (6 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 Wooly family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Wooly name or one of its variants:
Wooly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Wooly, who settled in Virginia in 1663
Wooly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Wooly, who landed in Georgia in 1737 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)