Wood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

When the ancestors of the Wood family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Leicestershire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word wode, meaning wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood.

Early Origins of the Wood family

The surname Wood was first found in Leicester, where they held land in Thorpe Arnold, under the Earl of Leicester. They were descended from Ernald de Vosco, a Norman knight, who came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. After losing these lands, the main branch of the family moved north to Dumfriesshire, Scotland where they held a family seat from about 1150.

Important Dates for the Wood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wood research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1597, 1672, 1666, 1502, 1478, 1486, 1488, 1495, 1500, 1455, 1539, 1604, 1675, 1654, 1597, 1671, 1661, 1671, 1622, 1685, 1610 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Wood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wood Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wood has been recorded under many different variations, including Wood, Woods, Wode, Would, Woid, Voud, Vould and others.

Early Notables of the Wood family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Wode KS (died 1502) was a British judge, appointed Justice of the Peace for Berkshire in 1478, was made a Serjeant-at-law in 1486 and in 1488 a King's Serjeant, in 1495 he was made a Puisne Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, and in 1500 he was made Chief Justice of the Common Pleas; Sir John Wood of Bonnytoun; Sir Andrew Wood (c.1455-1539) Scottish...
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Migration of the Wood family to Ireland

Some of the Wood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Wood migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Woods were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Wood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Wood and his family who had settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Abraham Wood, who landed in Virginia in 1620 [1]
  • Richard Wood, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Patrick Wood, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • William Wood, who settled in New England in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Wood, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • Amy Wood, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Alexander Wood, who landed in Carolina in 1707 [1]
  • Awbray Wood, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1726 [1]
  • Elizabeth Wood, who arrived in Georgia in 1735 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Wood, who arrived in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Isabella Wood, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Hartlay Wood, aged 49, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 [1]
  • Francis Wood, aged 39, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Ann Wood, aged 18, who landed in West Indies in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Franklin Austin Wood, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900 [1]

Wood migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wood Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Widow Wood and her children settled in Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland in 1676 [2]
Wood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Francis Wood U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 43 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Wood U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 91 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [3]
  • Mr. James Wood S. U.E. (b. 1781), aged 1 1/2 years who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 24 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [3]
  • Miss. Ann Wood D. U.E. (b. 1782), aged 1 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 25 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [3]
  • Miss. Betty Wood D. U.E. (b. 1781), aged 2 who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 33 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Wood, who arrived in Newfoundland in 1802 [2]
  • Robert Wood, aged 33, a farmer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Helen Wood, aged 30, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • John Wood, aged 9, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • James Wood, aged 7, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wood migration to Australia

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

Wood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Wood, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John Wood, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Joseph Wood, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • William Wood, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • James Wood, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
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Wood 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:

Wood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Pelig Wood, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1830
  • Mr. Wood, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship " Dublin Packet" arriving in Cloudy Bay, South Island, New Zealand in 1838 [8]
  • George Wood, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John R Wood, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Wood, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Wood (post 1700)

  • Lana Wood (b. 1946), stage name of Svetlana Gurdin, an American actress and producer and film producer, best known for her role as Plenty O'Toole in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971), younger sister of Natalie Wood
  • Natalie Wood (1938-1981), stage name of Natasha Gurdin or Natalia Zakharenko, (both names are credited to her), an American actress of Russian descent, best known for her child actor role in Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and her two marriages to Robert Wagner
  • Ellen Meiksins Wood (1942-2016), born Ellen Meiksins, Latvian-born, American Marxist historian and scholar, inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 1996, third wife of Ed Broadbent, former leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada
  • Milton LeGrand Wood III (1922-2015), American Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta from 1967 to 1974
  • Malcolm Richard "Dick" Wood (1936-2015), American football quarterback
  • Warren Wood (1887-1926), American winner of an Olympic gold medal for golf at the 1904 games
  • Virginia "Ginny" Hill Wood (1917-2013), American environmentalist, co-founder of the Alaska Conservation Society
  • Elijah Jordan Wood (b. 1981), American actor best known for his high-profile role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Edward David "Ed" Wood (1924-1978), American screenwriter, director, producer, actor, author, and editor awarded, in 1980, a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time
  • Robert Elkington Wood (1879-1969), American soldier and businessman, best known for his leadership of Sears, Roebuck and Company
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Wood family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Irvine Kirkham Wood (1907-1979), New Zealander passenger, from, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [9]
  • Mrs. Barbara Annie Wood (1913-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Kiwitea, Wanganui-Manawatu, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [9]
Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Lawrence A Wood (b. 1951), American Staff Sergeant from Everett, Washington, USA who died in the crash [10]
Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Mary Wood (1868-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [11]
Halifax Explosion
  • Master James  Wood (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Christopher Harrington Forrester Wood, British Lieutenant aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William E Wood (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Coventry, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Wood, English Leading Stoker from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Samuel Robert Wood, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. John William Wood, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. John Richard Wood, British Sub Lieutenant (E) Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Henry E Wood, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Frank Wood, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Arthur Wood, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Bertram Wood, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Reginald Wood, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Leonard Frank Wood, British Lieutenant "E", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [17]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Royal Oak
  • Richard H. Wood, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [18]
  • Stanley R. Wood, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [18]
  • Kenneth J.J. Wood, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [18]
  • William John Wood (1917-1939), British Corporal with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]
  • Stanley Wood (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [18]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Alfred Wood, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from Old Swan, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Henry Edward Wood, English Assistant Pantry Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [19]
  • Mr. Wallace Edkin Wood, English Barkeeper, Smoke Room 2nd Class Cabin from Waterloo, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. John H. Wood, English Greaser from Wavertree, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Walter Wood, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. J.T. Wood (d. 1912), aged 40, English Second Class Saloon Steward from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Henry Wood (d. 1912), aged 30, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Harold Baker Wood, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class from Colorado, 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 [21]
  • Mr. Horace Van Wood, 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 [21]
  • Mr. Roy Eugene Wood, American Fireman First Class from Arizona, 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 [21]

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Citations

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  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
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