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Woodburn was first used as a surname by the descendents of the Boernician clans of Scotland. The Woodburn family lived in any of a number of places of the same name in Ayrshire, Kincardine, and Midlothian. The place-name Woodburn 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 Woodburn would have lived near such a stream.

Woodburn Early Origins



The surname Woodburn 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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Woodburn Spelling Variations


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Woodburn Spelling Variations



Scribes in the Middle Ages simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations among names that evolved in that era. Woodburn has been spelled Woodburn, Woodburne, Woodbine, Woodbourne, Whiteburn and many more.

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Woodburn Early History


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Woodburn Early History



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

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Woodburn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woodburn Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Woodburn In Ireland


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Woodburn In Ireland



Some of the Woodburn 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



Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Woodburn or a variant listed above:

Woodburn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Woodburn, who landed in New England in 1720
  • Alexander Woodburn, who arrived in America in 1795

Woodburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Woodburn, who arrived in America in 1811
  • James W. Robert and William Woodburn, who both arrived in Philadelphia between 1864-1878

Woodburn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Susan Woodburn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodburn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodburn (post 1700)



  • William Woodburn Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1948
  • William Woodburn, American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for Nevada, 1914-22; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1928, 1932
  • William Woodburn (1838-1915), American Republican politician, Storey County District Attorney, 1871-72; U.S. Representative from Nevada at-large, 1875-77, 1885-89
  • Hiram H. Woodburn, American politician, Mayor of Binghamton, New York, 1906-07
  • William Woodburn (1838-1915), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada
  • Danny Woodburn (b. 1964), American film, TV and stage actor best known for his role in the sitcom "Seinfeld"
  • Willie Woodburn (1919-2001), Scottish professional footballer, member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame
  • Arthur Woodburn (1890-1978), Scottish Labour politician
  • Kim Woodburn (b. 1942), British television personality

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
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    The Woodburn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodburn 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 17 December 2015 at 12:48.

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