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Woodey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Scottish


The name Woodey arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Woodey family lived in Leicestershire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word wode, meaning wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood.

Early Origins of the Woodey family


The surname Woodey was first found in Leicester, where they held land in Thorpe Arnold, under the Earl of Leicester. They were descended from Ernald de Vosco, a Norman knight, who came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. After losing these lands, the main branch of the family moved north to Dumfriesshire, Scotland where they held a family seat from about 1150.

Early History of the Woodey family


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Woodey Spelling Variations


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Wood, Woods, Wode, Would, Woid, Voud, Vould and others.

Early Notables of the Woodey family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Wode KS (died 1502) was a British judge, appointed Justice of the Peace for Berkshire in 1478, was made a Serjeant-at-law in 1486 and in 1488 a King's Serjeant, in 1495 he was made a Puisne Justice of the Court of...
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Migration of the Woodey family to Ireland


Some of the Woodey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Woodey family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Woodey, aged 21, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863

The Woodey Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tutus in undis
Motto Translation: Safe on the waves.


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