Anglo-Saxon name Widdop comes from when the family resided 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.
Early Origins of the Widdop family
Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Bolton on Deane, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Widdop family
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Widdop Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Widdop include Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Widdop family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Widdop family to Ireland
Some of the Widdop family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Widdop family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Widdop Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Widdop Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Widdop (post 1700)
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