Woodforde is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Woodforde family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Woodforde family lived in Leicestershire
, at Woodford
which was in turn derived from the words wood
and refers to a residence near both a ford
and a wood.
Early Origins of the Woodforde family
The surname Woodforde was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066, and arrived in England
with William the Conqueror.
Early History of the Woodforde family
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Woodforde Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Woodforde have been found, including 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 Woodforde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woodforde family to Ireland
Some of the Woodforde family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 94 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woodforde family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Woodforde Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Woodforde a surgeon, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
- J. Woodforde, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES originally CHARLES FORBES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirCharlesForbes.gif
The Woodforde 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.