Woodfine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Woodfine family

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.

Early History of the Woodfine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodfine research. Another 70 words (5 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Woodfine family (pre 1700)

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United States Woodfine migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 19th Century
  • Richard Woodfine was a planter in Long Beach, Newfoundlandin 1817

Canada Woodfine migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodfine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Woodfine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

New Zealand Woodfine 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:

Woodfine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary A. Woodfine, (b. 1847), aged 20, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1867 [2]

West Indies Woodfine migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Woodfine Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Woodfine, with his wife Elizabeth and son William, who settled in Barbados in 1679

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

SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. William Woodfine, Newfoundlander from Northern Bay, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived


  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies


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