Wousnam is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Wousnam family once 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,
meaning area of dry land.
The name thus translates as the dweller at Wulfstan's farm.
Early Origins of the Wousnam family
The surname Wousnam 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.
Early History of the Wousnam family
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Wousnam Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wousnam family name include Woolstenholme, Wolstonholme, Wolstenholme and many more.
Early Notables of the Wousnam family (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 Wousnam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wousnam family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Wousnam surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Wolstenholme arrived in Pennsylvania in 1865.
The Wousnam 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.