The name Woodfing is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family 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 Woodfing family
The surname Woodfing 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 Woodfing family
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Woodfing 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 Woodfing 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Woodfing include: Woodbine, Woodfine, Woodpine, Wouldbine, Wouldfin and many more.
Early Notables of the Woodfing family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woodfing family to the New World and Oceana
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 Woodfing or a variant listed above: William Woodfine, with his wife Elizabeth and son William, who settled in Barbados in 1679. In Newfoundland, Richard settled in St. John's in 1783; Richard settled in Devil's Cove in 1821.