Woodfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woodfield family

The surname Woodfield was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century when Margeret de Wodefield held the estates in 1316.

Early History of the Woodfield family

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Woodfield Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodfield, Wudfield, Woodfielde, Wouldfield, Woodfylde and many more.

Early Notables of the Woodfield family (pre 1700)

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United States Woodfield migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Woodfield, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • William Woodfield, who arrived in America in 1654-1679 [1]

Australia Woodfield migration to Australia +

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

Woodfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Timothy Woodfield, English convict who was convicted in Coventry, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Abraham Woodfield, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Miss Eleanor Woodfield, (b. 1865), aged 25, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Tara"arriving in Queensland, Australia on 31st December 1890 [4]
  • Miss Frances E. Woodfield, (b. 1870), aged 22, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Tara"arriving in Queensland, Australia on 30th March 1892 [4]
Woodfield Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Frank Woodfield, (b. 1859), aged 49, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oruba"arriving in Queensland, Australia on 24th August 1908 [4]

New Zealand Woodfield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Woodfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Jemima Woodfield, (b. 1830), aged 29, English settler from Leicester travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th May 1859 [5]
  • Mr. John Woodfield, (b. 1835), aged 24, English smith from Leicester travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th May 1859 [5]
  • Mr. George H. Woodfield, (b. 1840), aged 24, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th June 1864 [6]
  • J. Woodfield, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodfield (post 1700) +

  • William Read Woodfield (1928-2001), American three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated screenwriter, best known for his work on Mission Impossible (1966-1968) and Voyage to the Bottom of the sea (1965-1966)
  • William Read "Billy" Woodfield (1928-2001), American photographer, and television screenwriter and producer
  • David Woodfield (b. 1943), English footballer who played for Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers (1961-1974), manager of the Saudi Arabia National Team in 1979
  • Ern Woodfield (1888-1974), Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda in 1910
  • Sir Philip Woodfield (1923-2000), British civil servant
  • Sutton Woodfield (1898-1977), pen name of Leslie Clement "Les" Haylen, Australian politician, playwright, novelist and journalist
  • Clarrie Woodfield (1901-1968), Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon and South Melbourne from 1921 to 1922
  • Les Woodfield (1899-1974), Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon and South Melbourne from 1921 to 1927


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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