The present generation of the Wodroe family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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
Early Origins of the Wodroe family
The surname Wodroe was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Bolton on Deane, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wodroe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wodroe research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1574, 1551, 1768, 1679 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Wodroe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wodroe Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Wodroe include Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Wodroe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wodroe family to Ireland
Some of the Wodroe 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wodroe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Wodroe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Woodruff, who arrived in Lynn, MA in 1640; Matthew Woodruff, who arrived in Hartford, CT in 1640;Robert and Richard Woodruffe settled in Virginia in 1643.