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Early Origins of the Wodnot family

The surname Wodnot was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Wodenote. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

The township of Shavington in Cheshire was home to a branch of the family since early times. "Here stood the manorial seat of the Wodenothes (of whom was John Wodenothe, the antiquary, born in 1624), a mansion highly curious from its age, and the abundance of stained glass and other relics it contained. After remaining in the possession of that family for more than 500 years, the estate was sold in 1661; the house was taken down, and a modern mansion built upon the site, in which some of the ancient glass is preserved." [1]

Early History of the Wodnot family

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Wodnot Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wodenote, Wodnote, Wodnot and others.

Early Notables of the Wodnot family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Arthur Wodenoth or Woodnoth (1590?-1650?), English-born, colonial pioneer, born about 1590, descended from the Wodenoths or Woodnoths of Savington, Cheshire. "He was second son of John Wodenoth of Savington, by his second wife, Jane, daughter of John Touchet of Whitley. In 1644 he was deputy governor of the Somers Islands Company, and before his death...
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Migration of the Wodnot family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook