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Early Origins of the Woodby family

The surname Woodby 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 Woodby family

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Woodby 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 Woodby family (pre 1700)

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Woodby Ranking

In the United States, the name Woodby is the 14,144th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Woodby migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Woodby, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [6]
  • William Woodby, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodby (post 1700) +

  • Alice Woodby McKane (1865-1948), American physician, the first woman to work as a doctor in Savannah, Georgia

  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) on Facebook