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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodvile, Woodville, Woodwell, Woodwill and others.

First found in Northampton where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodville research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1455, 1487, 1437, 1469, 1426 and 1466 are included under the topic Early Woodville History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woodville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodville Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Woodville, who settled in Dominica in 1776

Woodville Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm. Woodville, who was on record in Maryland in 1812
  • Wm Woodville, aged 20, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • William Woodville, who arrived in Baltimore in 1818
  • John Alonzo Woodville, who was Naturalzied in New Orleans sometime between 1868 and 1898


  • Richard Caton Woodville Sr. (1825-1855), American painter
  • Richard Caton Woodville Jr. (1856-1927), English Painter, son of Richard Caton Woodville
  • Elizabeth Woodville (1437-1492), queen consort of Edward IV
  • Katherine Woodville (b. 1938), British film and television actress


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  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

The Woodville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodville 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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