Woodford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Woodford reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Woodford family lived in Leicestershire, at Woodford which was in turn derived from the words wood and ford, and refers to a residence near both a ford and a wood. [1]

"The Middle English form was usually Wodeford, as in the case of the Wiltshire and Somerset places. The Anglo-Saxon form was Wudaforda, as in a Hampshire charter dated A.D. 701. " [2]

Early Origins of the Woodford family

The surname Woodford was first found in Leicestershire, but there is also a parish in Wiltshire, four miles from Salisbury and a parish in Essex, eight miles from London. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 showed scattered listings for the family: Geoffrey de Wodeford, Wiltshire; Symon Wodeford, Buckinghamshire; and Nicholas de Wodeford, Gloucestershire. [3]

Kirby's Quest listed "Geoffrey de Wodeford, Somerset, 1 Edward I [(during the first year's reign of King Edward I)]" [4]

William of Woodford or Wydford ( fl. 1380-1411), was "a Franciscan and was educated at Oxford, where he graduated D.D. There is little doubt that Woodford is the William de Wydford whom Margaret, countess of Norfolk, described in 1384 as her 'well-beloved father in God,' and for the term of whose life she granted the minoresses of Aldgate. " [5]

Scotland is of note too as the name was derived "from the lands of the same name in the parish of St. Boswells, Roxburghshire. Jordan de Wodford witnessed a charter of Walter de Berkeley, c. 1170, and Walterus de Wudeford witnessed a confirmation charter by Alexander II in Peebles, 1228. Robert de Wodforde sometime between 1285 and 1306 bestowed his whole property of Wodfordehous in the territory of Lessedewyne upon the monks of Melrose. " [6]

Early History of the Woodford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodford research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1354, 1338, 1358, 1226, 1333, 1636, 1700, 1636, 1676 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Woodford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woodford Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Woodford include Woodford, Woodforde, Woodfort, Wudeford, Wudefort, Woodforte, Wuidford, Wuidfort, Wodefort, Wodeford, Woodfurt, Woodfurte, Woodferte, Woodferd, Wyfordby, Wydford, Wyford, Wyfort and many more.

Early Notables of the Woodford family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Samuel Woodford (1636-1700), English divine and poet, born on 15 April 1636 in the parish of All Hallows in the Wall, London. He was the eldest...
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Ireland Migration of the Woodford family to Ireland

Some of the Woodford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Woodford migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Woodfords to arrive on North American shores:

Woodford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Woodford, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts from Lincolnshire in 1631
  • Thomas Woodford, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1632
  • Thomas Woodford, who arrived in New England in 1635 [7]
  • Jon Woodford, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [7]
  • Richard Woodford and Roger arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Woodford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Woodford, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [7]
  • Henry Woodford, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [7]
  • Thomas Woodford, who arrived in Maryland in 1775
  • Geo Woodford, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [7]
Woodford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Woodford, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1834 [7]
Woodford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas William Woodford, aged 24, originally from Nottingham, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [8]
  • Charles F. Woodford, aged 15, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Tartar Prince" from Cardiff [9]
  • James Woodford, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Aquitania" from Liverpool, England [10]
  • Wilford Charles Woodford, aged 21, originally from Bristol, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [11]

Australia Woodford migration to Australia +

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

Woodford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Woodford, (b. 1806), aged 34, British Quarryman who was convicted in Leicester, England for 15 years for stealing sheep, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1840 [12]
  • Benjamin Woodford, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [13]
  • Benjamin Woodford, aged 32, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [13]

New Zealand Woodford 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:

Woodford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Woodford, (b. 1811), aged 39, British agricultural labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [14]
  • Mrs. Ann Woodford, (b. 1812), aged 38, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [14]
  • Mr. Richard Woodford, (b. 1847), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [14]
  • Miss Sarah Elizabeth Woodford, (b. 1848), aged 2, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [14]
  • Miss Mary Ann Woodford, (b. 1849), aged 1, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodford (post 1700) +

  • Larry Woodford, American politician, former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Michael Dean Woodford Jr. (b. 1981), American professional ice hockey forward from Westford, Massachusetts
  • Jack Woodford (1894-1971), American pulp novelist and non-fiction author of the 1930s and 1940s
  • Michael Dean Woodford (b. 1955), American macroeconomist and monetary theorist, professor at Columbia University
  • Stewart Lyndon Woodford (1835-1913), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1877 to 1883
  • William Woodford (1734-1780), American Revolutionary War general from Virginia
  • James Russell Woodford (1820-1885), English divine, Bishop of Ely, born on 30 April 1820 at Henley-on-Thames, the only son of James Russell Woodford, a hop-merchant in Southwark [15]
  • James Woodford (1893-1976), English sculptor from Nottingham
  • Sir John George Woodford (1785-1879), British major-general, born on 28 Feb. 1785 at Chartham Deanery, near Canterbury, the second son of Colonel John Woodford [15]
  • Field Marshal Sir Alexander George Woodford KCB, KCMG (1782-1870), British Army officer,born at 30 Welbeck Street, London, the elder son of Lieutenant-colonel John Woodford (d. 1800) [15]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • George Woodford (d. 1939), British Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frederick Ernest Woodford (d. 1912), aged 40, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]


The Woodford Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro aris et focis
Motto Translation: For our altars and our home.


Suggested Readings for the name Woodford +

  • 4748 "Descendants of James and Jane Stokes Woodford" by George Woodford Weston.

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QF-K4X : 6 December 2014), Thomas William Woodford, 08 Feb 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QY-8ZP : 6 December 2014), Charles F. Woodford, 25 Mar 1919; citing departure port Cardiff, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Tartar Prince, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67W-FTP : 6 December 2014), James Woodford, 24 Apr 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aquitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  11. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WJ-X4C : 6 December 2014), Wilford Charles Woodford, 27 Oct 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 13 Feb. 2019
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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