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In the ancient Scottish-English border region, the ancestors of the name Woodbrey lived among the Boernician clans and families. They lived in any of a number of places of the same name in Ayrshire, Kincardine, and Midlothian. The place-name Woodbrey comes from the Old English words, wudu and burna, which mean wood and stream. The place-name referred to a stream which ran through the woods. The original bearer of the surname Woodbrey would have lived near such a stream.

Woodbrey Early Origins



The surname Woodbrey was first found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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Woodbrey Spelling Variations


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Woodbrey Spelling Variations



Since medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, and since there were no consistent rules for the translation of rules from Gaelic to English, spelling variations are extremely common in Boernician names of this vintage. Woodbrey has been spelled Woodburn, Woodburne, Woodbine, Woodbourne, Whiteburn and many more.

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Woodbrey Early History


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Woodbrey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodbrey research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1506, and 1685 are included under the topic Early Woodbrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woodbrey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woodbrey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Woodbrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woodbrey In Ireland


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Woodbrey In Ireland



Some of the Woodbrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many of the Boernician-Scottish families who crossed the Atlantic settled along the eastern seaboard in communities that would become the backbone of the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. In the War of Independence, American families that remained loyal to the Crown moved north into Canada and became known as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestral culture of all of these proud Scottish families remains alive in North America in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Woodbrey or a variant listed above: Mary Woodburne, who came to in Virginia in 1685 with her husband; as well as James W. Robert and William Woodburn, who both arrived in Philadelphia between 1864-1878..

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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    The Woodbrey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodbrey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 19 December 2013 at 17:29.

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