Woddrop is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Woddrop family once lived at Winthrop
in the county of Lincolnshire
. That place-name is derived from the Old English personal name Winn,
and indicates that it was once owned by someone name Winn.
Early Origins of the Woddrop family
The surname Woddrop was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor, some say at the time of the Norman Conquest
in the year 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Woddrop family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woddrop research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1825, 1630, 1587, 1649, 1606, 1676, 1641 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Woddrop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woddrop 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 Woddrop family name include Winthorpe, Wynethorpe, Wynthorpe, Winethorpe, Wynethrop, Winthrop, Winthropp, Winethrop, Winthorp, Winthropp, Wynthropp, Wynethropp, Wynthrop, Winthrip, Winthrup, Withrupp, Withripp, Winthroppe, Wynthroppe and many more.
Early Notables of the Woddrop family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Winthrop (1587-1649), a wealthy English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in the founding of... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woddrop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woddrop family to Ireland
Some of the Woddrop family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 69 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 Woddrop 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 Woddrop surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Robert, Deane, John and Elizabeth Winthrop who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635 and they were related to the Governor or one of his brothers; William Winthrip settled in Virginia in 1663.
The Woddrop Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Hope wins a throne
Motto Translation: An anagram of John Winthrop.