Woodhams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Woodhams family

The surname Woodhams was first found in Essex, where there are no fewer that three townships and parishes so named: Woodham-Ferris in the union and hundred of Chelmsford; Woodham-Mortimer, a parish, in the union of Maldon, hundred of Dengie; and Woodham-Walter a parish, in the union of Maldon, hundred of Dengie. [1]

Literally the place names mean "dweller at the enclosure by the Wood [Old English wudu + ham(m)] where the Middle English form was usually Wodeham. " [2] The name is often pluralized to Woodhams. [3]

Ironically, there was only one listing of the family in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, Thomas de Wodeham, as the rest were found as follows: Peter de Wodeham, Northamptonshire; Egipgidias de Wodeham, London; and Reginald de Wodeham, Gloucestershire. [4]

One source claims that the family or a branch of the family was originally found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Catherston-Lewston, a parish, in the union of Bridport, hundred of Whitchurch Canonicorum. "This place was the residence of a branch of the Wadhams, by one of whom, Nicholas Wadham, and Dorothy his wife, Wadham College, Oxford, was founded. " [1]

Important Dates for the Woodhams family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodhams research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1625, 1789, 1743, 1803, 1769 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Woodhams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woodhams Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodham, Wodam, Wodham and others.

Early Notables of the Woodhams family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Mrs Woodham, (1743-1803), née Spenser. She was an English singer and actress and "known on account of the elegance of her dress and person as 'Buck' Spencer. She played at Covent Garden Euphrosyne in 'Comus,' and was regarded as a rival to Miss Brent, subsequently Mrs. Pinto. She sang at Marylebone Gardens under Dr. Arnold, from whom she...
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Woodhams migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodhams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Woodhams, who landed in New York in 1830 [5]

Woodhams migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Woodhams Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Woodhams (aged 19), a bricklayer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Henry Woodhams (aged 22), a bricklayer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Catherine Woodhams (aged 16), a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

Woodhams migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Woodhams Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Woodhams, who arrived in Canterbury aboard the ship "Hastings" in 1856
  • Miss Elizabeth Woodhams, (b. 1846), aged 19, British needlewoman travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [6]
  • Miss Harriet Woodhams, (b. 1854), aged 11, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [6]
  • Mr. Robert Woodhams, (b. 1855), aged 10, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [6]
  • Miss Mina Woodhams, (b. 1860), aged 5, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodhams (post 1700)

  • Richard Woodhams (b. 1949), American oboist, current Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Edwin Fehrsen Woodhams (1880-1933), English cricketer
  • Tony Woodhams (b. 1969), British entrepreneur, professional financial trader, and executive film producer
  • Grant Allen Woodhams (b. 1952), Australian politician, Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from Sydney, New South Wales
  • Ven. Brian Woodhams, Archdeacon of Newark

Historic Events for the Woodhams family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Reginald Bernard Craig Woodhams (1919-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Guildford, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [7]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
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