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The Anglo-Saxon name Wooten comes from when the family resided in the county of Kent. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English words wudu, meaning wood, and tun, meaning enclosure or settlement, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived in a town by a wood. There are numerous places named Wooton throughout Britain, the oldest is Wooton Bassett in Wiltshire that dates back to 680, followed by Wooton Wawen in Warwickshire that dates back to 716-37 and is obviously a Anglo-Saxon place name. [1]

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The surname Wooten was first found in Kent where they held a family seat at Marlay, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. By the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was scattered throughout Britain as in Robert de Wottone and Thomas de Wodeton in Devon, Fredeshet de Wottone in Buckinghamshire, John atte Wodeton in London and John de Wodeton or John de Wutton in Oxfordshire. [2]

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Wooten include Wooton, Wootton, Wootten, Wooten and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wooten research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1497, 1567, 1541, 1567, 1489, 1551, 1521, 1587, 1521, 1587, 1548, 1628, 1616, 1618, 1604, 1620, 1587, 1630, 1568, 1639, 1682 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Wooten History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 229 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wooten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Wooten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Wooten settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Robert Wooten settled in Barbados in 1694

Wooten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Nicholas Wooten, who arrived in Virginia in 1711

Wooten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hannah Wooten, aged 70, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Wooten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Elizabeth Wooten, who landed in America, in 1904
  • C. E. Wooten, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • Hy O. Wooten, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Louis Wooten, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Margaret Wooten, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1908


Wooten Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Edith Elizabeth Wooten, aged 39, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1921
  • Richard George Wooten, aged 54, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1921
  • Stanley George Wooten, aged 4, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1921

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  • Tito J. Wooten (b. 1971), American retired NFL football defensive back who played from 1994 to 1999
  • William Shawn Wooten (b. 1972), American former Major League baseball player who played from 2000 to 2005
  • Roy Wilfred Wooten (b. 1957), American musician, best known by his stage name Future Man
  • Ronald John Wooten (b. 1959), American former NFL football guard who played for the New England Patriots from 1982 to 1988
  • Michael "Mike" Carroll Wooten (b. 1962), American former NFL football center who played for the Washington Redskins in 1987
  • John Wooten (b. 1936), American former NFL football guard who played from 1959 to 1968, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Dudley Goodall Wooten (1860-1929), American politician, U.S. Representative from Texas (1901-1903)
  • Dr. Goodall H. Wooten, Texas doctor whose home The Goodall Wooten House has been added to the National Register of Historic Places
  • Brian Wooten (b. 1954), American guitar player
  • Victor Lemonte Wooten (b. 1964), American electric bass player


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

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  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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