Woodburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Woodburn family

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.

Early History of the Woodburn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodburn research. Another 59 words (4 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Woodburn family (pre 1700)

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Woodburn Ranking

In the United States, the name Woodburn is the 13,604th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Woodburn family to Ireland

Some of the Woodburn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Woodburn migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Alexander Woodburn, who arrived in America in 1795 [2]
Woodburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Woodburn, who arrived in America in 1811 [2]
  • James W. Robert and William Woodburn, who both arrived in Philadelphia between 1864-1878

Canada Woodburn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodburn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Woodburn migration to Australia +

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

Woodburn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Susan Woodburn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodburn (post 1700) +

  • 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"
  • William Woodburn Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1948 [5]
  • William Woodburn, American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Attorney for Nevada, 1914-22; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1928, 1932 [5]
  • William Woodburn (1838-1915), American Republican politician, Storey County District Attorney, 1871-72; U.S. Representative from Nevada at-large, 1875-77, 1885-89 [5]
  • Hiram H. Woodburn, American politician, Mayor of Binghamton, New York, 1906-07 [5]
  • Willie Woodburn (1919-2001), Scottish professional footballer, member of the Scottish Football Hall of Fame
  • Arthur Woodburn (1890-1978), Scottish Labour politician
  • John Woodburn (1937-2017), English road and individual time trial cyclist, national 25-mile champion in 1961
  • Kim Woodburn (b. 1942), British television personality

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 60)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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