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
which mean wood
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.
Early Origins of the Woodbrey family
The surname Woodbrey was first found in Northumberland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Woodbrey family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Woodbrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woodbrey family to 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.
Migration of the Woodbrey family to the New World and Oceana
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..