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The lineage of the name Wootton begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Wootton Early Origins



The surname Wootton 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Wootton Spelling Variations


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Wootton Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Wootton has undergone many spelling variations, including Wooton, Wootton, Wootten, Wooten and others.

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Wootton Early History


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Wootton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wootton 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 Wootton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wootton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wootton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Nicholas Wotton ( c. 1497-1567), an English diplomat, Ambassador to France during the reign of Mary, Dean of Canterbury (1541-1567); and his brother, Sir Edward Wotton (1489-1551), Treasurer of Calais and a privy councillor to Edward VI of England; Thomas Wotton (1521-1587), Sheriff of...

Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wootton 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Wootton were among those contributors:

Wootton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Wootton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • William Wootton, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • Thomas Wootton, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1683

Wootton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Wootton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869
  • John Charles Wootton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Wootton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Wootton, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Wootton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Wootton, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • John Wootton, English Convict from Warton, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Wootton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • David Wootton, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Ann Wootton, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Charles Wootton, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • George Wootton, aged 32, a plumber, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Ann Wootton, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wootton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wootton (post 1700)



  • Nicholas Wootton, American Emmy Award-winning writer for and producer for television
  • James "Jimmy" Wootton (1860-1941), English cricketer
  • Marc Wootton (b. 1975), English character comedian
  • James Wootton (1895-1960), English footballer
  • William "Billy" Wootton (b. 1904), English footballer
  • Scott James Wootton (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Barbara Frances Wootton (1897-1988), Baroness Wootton of Abinger, a British sociologist and criminologist

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Wootton Historic Events


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Wootton Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Desmond T Wootton (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Frederick Joseph Wootton, English Marine from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations



  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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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