Last name: Woolley
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Kenneth R, Woolley III
This is always the history I've been told. It is also the correct Coat of Arms Red with checkerboard and yellow crescent. As Mark Woolley has stated there is another history for the name about it being Norman in origin. I noticed that whenever I see that history the Coat of Arms is also completely different being blue and yellow. I don't believe the Norman version. I think looking at the name and the Anglo-Saxon origins are correct. I have found the red coat of arms and the Anglo-Saxon in a old book.
Kate Beatson (WOOLLEY)
Have traced out tree to Yorkshire - 1219, if this helps.
Hi Kate just starting my family tree. Our family lives near to Woolley in Yorkshire. Would be interested in your family tree.
Well thats a different take upon the surname and totally contradicts other sources which say that Woolley is derived from a Norman name De Woleigh. Not sure who to beleive now. It does not help with our family history research I must say.
Plz have a look at my background on www.myheritage.com ( woolleys of bournville
This appears to need a lot more work, Mark; but I would put money on De Woleigh (a place name?). Interestingly, the Normans were French speaking and were considered French by many..."the Frenchman". I've been told during the Norman conquest French was the language of court and court. I have a friend who is a Burleigh. You can imagine the variations: Burleigh, Burley, Burlley, Burlee, Berly, etc., etc. I think they are also Norman French.
The name Woolley has origins in Norway!
My friend's spelled as Wulee
I was just curious about my family name and where it was from good to know it gos back so far in britain :)