Woderuff is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Yorkshire
. Their name, however, derives from the woodrofe plant, a white flower whose leaves bear a sweet scent.
The name indicates that the original bearer lived in an area in which the woodrofe
Early Origins of the Woderuff family
The surname Woderuff was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Bolton on Deane, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Woderuff family
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Woderuff Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Woderuff family name include Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Woderuff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woderuff family to Ireland
Some of the Woderuff family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woderuff family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Woderuff surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Woodruff, who arrived in Lynn, MA in 1640; Matthew Woodruff, who arrived in Hartford, CT in 1640;Robert and Richard Woodruffe settled in Virginia in 1643.