The name Woosnam has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived at Woolstencroft
in the county of Cheshire
. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English personal name Wulfstan
and the Old English word croft,
meaning paddock, farm or enclosure,
meaning area of dry land.
The name thus translates as the dweller at Wulfstan's farm.
Early Origins of the Woosnam family
The surname Woosnam was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
in 1066, in Wolstenholme, near Warrington, in that shire. Conjecturally they were descended from Woolston in Warwickshire
, a pre-Norman Saxon settlement.
Early History of the Woosnam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woosnam research.Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1574, 1700, 1562, 1639, 1610, 1670, 1640, 1622, 1691, 1649, 1709, 1676, 1717, 1689, 1724, 1660, 1738 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Woosnam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woosnam Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Woosnam have been found, including Woolstenholme, Wolstonholme, Wolstenholme and many more.
Early Notables of the Woosnam family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Wolstenholme (1562-1639), an English merchant who sponsored the Henry Hudson's last mission in 1610 to find the Northwest Passage, eponym of Cape Wolstenholme, Quebec, Canada; Sir John Wolstenholme, 1st Baronet
(died 1670), Member of Parliament for Queenborough in 1640, supporter of... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woosnam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woosnam family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Woosnam, or a variant listed above:
Woosnam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Woosnam, aged 24, who settled in America from Egremont, in 1905
- Edith Adelaid Woosnam, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1921
- Maxwell Woosnam, aged 28, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1921
- Joseph Woosnam, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Woosnam (post 1700)
- The Ven. Charles Maxwell Woosnam MA (1856-1930), born in Bombay, Archdeacon of Macclesfield from 1893 to 1904
- Phillip Abraham Woosnam (b. 1932), Welsh former Association football inside-right and manager from Caersws, Montgomeryshire
- Ian Harold Woosnam OBE (1958-1920), nicknamed the "Wee Welshman", a Welsh professional gold and silver Olympic medalist golfer at the 1920 Summer Olympics
The Woosnam Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In ardua virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue against difficulties.