The ancestors of the bearers of the Wouldstake family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Woodstock,
a town in the north-west part of Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Wouldstake family
The surname Wouldstake was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
anciently, after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wouldstake family
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Wouldstake Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Wouldstake include Woodstock, Woodstocke and others.
Early Notables of the Wouldstake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wouldstake family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wouldstake or a variant listed above: Robert Woodstock arrived in St. Christopher in 1635; John Woodstock arrived in Maryland in 1775.