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WOOLLEY Family HistoryThis interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from any of the various places so called, such as those in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, the West Riding of Yorkshire and Somerset. The places in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire are derive from the Olde English pre 7th Century "wulf", wolf, or it may be from the personal name or byname "Wulf", also meaning wolf, and the Olde English "leah", wood, clearing. However, the place in Somerset has as its first element the Middle English (1200 - 1500) "woll, wull", spring, stream, a development of the Olde English (West Saxon) "wiell(a)".
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