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The name Woodruff is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family 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 was common.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Woodruff are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Woodruff include: Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodruff research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1574, 1551, 1768, 1679 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Woodruff History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woodruff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Woodruff 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.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Woodruff or a variant listed above:
Woodruff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Woodruff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Woodruff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Woodruff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Woodruff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodruff 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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