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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Woodfine surname lived in Lincolnshire. Their name however, translates as the dweller by the woodland stream, and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a waterway.

Woodfine Early Origins



The surname Woodfine was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor some say before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Woodfine Spelling Variations


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Woodfine Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Woodfine are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Woodfine include: Woodbine, Woodfine, Woodpine, Wouldbine, Wouldfin and many more.

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Woodfine Early History


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Woodfine Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodfine research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 108 and 1086 are included under the topic Early Woodfine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woodfine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woodfine Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Woodfine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Woodfine or a variant listed above:

Woodfine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Woodfine, with his wife Elizabeth and son William, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Woodfine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Woodfine was a planter in Long Beach, in 1817
  • John Woodfine, who settled in Torbay in 1820

Woodfine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Woodfine, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1783 [1]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

Woodfine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Woodfine, who settled in Devil's Cove, Newfoundland in 1821 [1]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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodfine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodfine (post 1700)



  • Lanie Woodfine, Canadian curler at the 2011 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship representing Newfoundland and Labrador
  • William J. Woodfine, Canadian New Democrat candidate for Cape Breton Highlands-Canso, Nova Scotia in the 1979 federal election

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Woodfine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodfine Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 December 2014 at 11:53.

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