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Where did the English Wooten family come from? What is the English Wooten family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wooten family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wooten family history?

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.


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.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat at Marlay, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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.


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


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


  • Victor Lemonte Wooten (b. 1964), American electric bass player
  • William Shawn Wooten (b. 1972), American Major League baseball catcher
  • John Wooten (b. 1936), American NFL football guard
  • Michael "Mike" Carroll Wooten (b. 1962), American football center in the National Football League
  • Brian Wooten (b. 1954), American guitar player
  • Dudley Goodall Wooten (1860-1929), American politician, U.S. Representative from Texas
  • Dr. Goodall H. Wooten, Texas doctor whose home The Goodall Wooten House has been added to the National Register of Historic Places


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The Wooten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wooten 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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