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Where did the English Wodeford family come from? What is the English Wodeford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wodeford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wodeford family history?

The name Wodeford reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Wodeford family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wodeford family lived in Leicestershire, at Woodford which was in turn derived from the words wood and ford, and refers to a residence near both a ford and a wood.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Wodeford include Woodford, Woodforde, Woodfort, Wudeford, Wudefort, Woodforte, Wuidford, Wuidfort, Wodefort, Wodeford, Woodfurt, Woodfurte, Woodferte, Woodferd, Wyfordby, Wydford, Wyford, Wyfort and many more.

First found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, after the Norman Conquest in 1066, and arrived in England with William the Conqueror.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wodeford research. Another 244 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1226, 1285, and 1333 are included under the topic Early Wodeford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Wodeford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wodeford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 94 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Wodefords to arrive on North American shores: Richard Woodford and Roger arrived in Virginia in 1651; Thomas Woodford arrived in Massachusetts in 1632; Thomas Woodford arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts from Lincolnshire in 1631.

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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: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.

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The Wodeford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wodeford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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