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Woolsey Surname Origin
(Locality). That is, the Wolds-ley, from wold, a wood, a lawn, and sometimes a plain, and lle, or ley, a place.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Woolsey Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Woolsey Family History Thought:
'He who has no knaves, fools, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightening.' --Old English Proverb