Woods History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Woods comes from the Irish "O Cuill," meaning hazel. Because of the similarity between "cuill" and "coill" meaning wood, the surname was often translated into Woods.

Early Origins of the Woods family

The surname Woods was first found in Counties Cork and Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where it belonged to a distinguished bardic family.

The O Cuill family of Kilnamagh had two members worthy of an obituary in the Annals: Cinnfaelidh O Cuill (d.1048), chief poet of Munster, and Cinnfealidh O Cuill or Kinealy O'Quill (d.1507), Chief of His Name.

Important Dates for the Woods family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woods research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Woods History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woods Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Quill, O'Quill, Woods and others.

Early Notables of the Woods family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Woods Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woods migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woods Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Woods, who landed in Virginia in 1769-1770 [1]
Woods Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Woods, aged 25, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1801 [1]
  • Alexander Woods, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • James Woods, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [1]
  • Francis Woods, aged 41, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Anthony Woods, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Woods Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Evans Woods, who landed in Mississippi in 1904 [1]

Woods migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woods Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Woods, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Charles Woods, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Woods, aged 32, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Margaret Woods, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Sally Woods, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Woods migration to Australia

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

Woods Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Woods, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • John Woods, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Alexander Woods, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [4]
  • Rachel Jane Woods, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [5]
  • S. Woods, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Woods 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:

Woods Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Woods, who landed in Go-ashore, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Woods, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • F Woods, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
  • Mr. John Woods, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [6]
  • Mr. Daniell Woods, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Spray" arriving in New Zealand in 1852 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Woods (post 1700)

  • Geraldine Pittman "Jerri" Woods (1921-1999), African American science administrator; she establishing programs that promote minorities in STEM fields, scientific research, and basic research
  • Philip Wells Woods (1931-2015), American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer, perhaps best known for his rendition of "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
  • Sylvia Woods (1926-2012), American restaurateur who co-founded the landmark restaurant Sylvia's in Harlem on Lenox Avenue, New York City
  • Don Woods (1927-2012), American meteorologist and cartoonist
  • Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (b. 1975), American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time
  • Barbara Alyn Woods (b. 1965), American actress
  • James Woods (b. 1947), American actor
  • Sydney S. Woods, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 7 aerial victories
  • Macdara Woods (1942-2018), Irish poet from Dublin
  • Sir Robert Henry Woods (1865-1938), Irish Independent Unionist Member of Parliament
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Woods family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Sarah Woods, née Simmonds Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [7]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. William Raymond Woods (1920-1941), Australian Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from North Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Thomas Woods (d. 1945), British Marine aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Joseph Woods, British Signalman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]
  • J.W. Woods, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]
  • J. Woods, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]
  • Harold J.C. Woods, British Paymaster Lieutenant with the Royal Navy Reserve aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Chelsea Marie Woods (1988-1988), American Passenger from Willingboro, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [11]
  • Joe Nathan Woods (1960-1988), American Civilian Military Worker from Willingboro, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [11]
  • Joe Nathan Woods Jr. (1986-1988), American Passenger from Willingboro, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [11]
  • Dedera Lynn Woods (1961-1988), American Air Force Sergeant from Willingboro, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [11]
RMS Lusitania
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William Anthony Woods, American Seaman Second Class from New York, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Vernon Wesley Woods, American Seaman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  11. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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