Woodbridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woodbridge family

The surname Woodbridge was first found in Suffolk at Woodbridge, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Loes. "This town is of considerable antiquity, for, in the time of Edward the Confessor, the prior and convent of Ely had possession here, and their successors still hold the manor of Kingston: the name is thought to be a corruption of Wodenbryge, from the Saxon god Woden. Towards the termination of the 12th century, a priory of Augustine canons was founded here by Ernaldus Rufus and others, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. " [1]

In Saxon times, the parish was known as Oddebruge c. 1050 but by the Domesday Book of 1086, it was known as Wudebrige. [2] As one would expect, literally the place name means "wooden bridge" or "bridge by the wood." [3] [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed John de Wudebrege, Cambridgeshire; and Thomas de Wudebrige, Wiltshire. [5]

Despite the importance of Suffolk, the first listing of the family was in Somerset where Alan de Wodebrig held lands in 1243. [6]

Early History of the Woodbridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodbridge research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1455, 1487, 1582, 1637, 1622, 1684, 1639, 1642, 1622, 1582, 1637, 1593, 1663, 1564, 1614, 1638, 1639, 1634, 1595, 1677, 1613, 1696, 1613, 1634, 1638, 1637, 1640, 1641, 1645, 1582 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Woodbridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woodbridge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodbridge, Woobrige, Woodbrigg, Wudbridge and others.

Early Notables of the Woodbridge family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Woodbridge (1582-1637), Rector of Stanton Fitzwarren, Wiltshire; and his son, Benjamin Woodbridge (1622-1684), an English clergyman and controversialist who emigrated to America in 1639 to become the first graduate of Harvard College in 1642. Born in 1622, he was the son of John Woodbridge (1582-1637), rector of Stanton-Fitzwarren, Wiltshire, and his wife Sarah (1593-1663), daughter of Robert Parker (1564?-1614.) He matriculated from Magdalen Hall, Oxford, on 9 Nov. 1638, but went in 1639 to New England, whither his elder brother, John (noticed below), had preceded him in...
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United States Woodbridge migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodbridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Woodbridge VI (1613-1696), from Stanton, Wiltshire who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1634, became the first town clerk in 1638, one of the founders of Andover [7]
  • Elizabeth Woodbridge, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Benjamin Woodbridge, who landed in New England in 1642 [7]
  • Mary Woodbridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [7]
  • Elinor Woodbridge, who landed in Virginia in 1661 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Woodbridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susanna Woodbridge, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [7]
  • Ruth Woodbridge, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1748 [7]
  • Edward Woodbridge, who arrived in America in 1765 [7]

Australia Woodbridge migration to Australia +

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

Woodbridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Woodbridge, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • John Woodbridge, who arrived in Phillip aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1850 [9]
  • Henry Woodbridge, aged 35, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart" [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodbridge (post 1700) +

  • Frederick James Eugene Woodbridge (1867-1940), American philosopher and founder of the Journal of Philosophy
  • William Woodbridge (1780-1861), American politician, Representative from Michigan at-large, 1835; Member of Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1838-40; Governor of Michigan, 1840-41; U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1841-47 [11]
  • James R. Woodbridge, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 2nd District, 1942 [11]
  • G. M. Woodbridge, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1856 [11]
  • Frederick Enoch Woodbridge (1818-1888), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1857-58; Member of Vermont State Senate, 1860-62 [11]
  • Enoch Woodbridge (1750-1805), American politician, Justice of Vermont State Supreme Court, 1794-1800 [11]
  • Dudley Woodbridge (1782-1844), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester, 1831 [11]
  • Cora M. Woodbridge (1862-1949), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1920 [11]
  • Todd Woodbridge (b. 1971), Australian tennis player
  • Stanley James Woodbridge (1921-1945), British George Cross recipient
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SamuelBoddington.htm
  10. ^ South Australian Register Friday 15 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stuart 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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