The name Wooderuff first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived 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
Early Origins of the Wooderuff family
The surname Wooderuff was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Bolton on Deane, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wooderuff family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wooderuff research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1574, 1551, 1768, 1679 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Wooderuff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wooderuff Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Wooderuff has appeared include Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Wooderuff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wooderuff family to Ireland
Some of the Wooderuff family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wooderuff family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Wooderuff arrived in North America very early: 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.