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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, or holm, meaning area of dry land. The name thus translates as the dweller at Wulfstan's farm.

Woosnam Early Origins



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.

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Woosnam Spelling Variations


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Woosnam Spelling Variations



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.

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Woosnam Early History


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Woosnam Early History



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.

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Woosnam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woosnam Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woosnam (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. 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.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Woosnam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woosnam 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 11 October 2013 at 07:52.

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