Anglo-Saxon name Wooderiffe comes from when the family resided in Yorkshire. Their name, however, derives from the woodrofe plant, a white flower whose leaves bear a sweet scent. The name indicates that the original bearer lived in an area in which the woodrofe was common.
Early Origins of the Wooderiffe family
Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Bolton on Deane, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Wooderiffe family
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Wooderiffe Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Wooderiffe has been recorded under many different variations, including Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Wooderiffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wooderiffe family to Ireland
Some of the Wooderiffe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wooderiffe family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Wooderiffe or a variant listed above: John Woodruff, who arrived in Lynn, MA in 1640; Matthew Woodruff, who arrived in Hartford, CT in 1640;Robert and Richard Woodruffe settled in Virginia in 1643.
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