name Woodfin comes from when the family resided in Lincolnshire
. Their name however, translates as the dweller by the woodland stream,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a waterway.
Early Origins of the Woodfin family
The surname Woodfin was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor some say before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Woodfin family
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Woodfin Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Woodfin include Woodbine, Woodfine, Woodpine, Wouldbine, Wouldfin and many more.
Early Notables of the Woodfin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woodfin family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Woodfin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Richard Woodfin, aged 57, who emigrated to the United States from Shrewsbury, in 1904
- Herbert John Woodfin, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Bristol, England, in 1908
- Hubert John Woodfin, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Bristol, England, in 1908
- John V. Woodfin, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1912
- Carolina F. Woodfin, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1912
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Woodfin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Woodfin, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1836 CITATION[CLOSE]
Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
Contemporary Notables of the name Woodfin (post 1700)
- Zac Woodfin (b. 1983), American football coach and former linebacker
- Henry Woodfin Grady (1851-1889), American journalist and orator