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Early Origins of the Woodbury family

The surname Woodbury was first found in Devon at Woodbury, a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of St. Thomas, hundred of East Budleigh. [1]

The name is derived from the Old English word Wodebif meaning "the Stronghold by or in the Wood [Old English wudu + burh, burg (dat. byrig] " [2]

Alternatively, the name could have originated in Woodborough, a parish, in the union of Basford, S. division of the wapentake of Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire. There is also a hamlet so named in Somerset and a parish named Woodborough in Wiltshire. [3]

Nottinghamshire is the place where the family were first recorded for it is here that Ralph de Wudeburc was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1194. Years later, John de Wodeburgh was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1324. [4]

Early History of the Woodbury family

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Woodbury Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodbery, Woodbury, Woddisbery, WoodisBerry, Woodberry, Woddisberry, Woodburry, Woodborough, Woodborgh, Woddisbro, Woodbro, Wodeburg, Wodebury, Woodburgh, Woodbough, Woodberg and many more.

Early Notables of the Woodbury family (pre 1700)

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Woodbury Ranking

In the United States, the name Woodbury is the 4,372nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5]

United States Woodbury migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Woodbury, from Dorset, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1624 aboard the ship "Zouch Phoenix" [6]
  • Humphrey Woodbury, who landed in New England in 1628 [6]
  • William Woodbury, who arrived in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1630 [6]
  • Nicholas Woodbury, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1638 [6]
  • Peter Woodbury, who arrived in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1640 [6]
Woodbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S Woodbury, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Australia Woodbury migration to Australia +

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

Woodbury Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Woodbury, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years for coining, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • James Woodbury, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodbury (post 1700) +

  • Charles Herbert Woodbury (1864-1940), American marine painter
  • Eri Davidson Woodbury (1837-1928), Union Army officer during the American Civil War
  • Daniel Phineas Woodbury (1812-1864), American soldier and an engineer during the American Civil War
  • Egburt E. Woodbury (1862-1920), American lawyer and politician
  • Tory Woodbury (b. 1978), American football quarterback /wide receiver
  • Bruce L. Woodbury (b. 1944), American politician and lawyer in Nevada
  • Gordon Woodbury (1863-1924), United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy
  • Peter Woodbury (1899-1970), American judge of the United States Court of Appeals
  • Urban Andrain Woodbury (1838-1915), American Civil War veteran, an entrepreneur and a U.S. politician
  • Levi Woodbury (1789-1851), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from
  8. South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved on Facebook