Woodham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woodham family

The surname Woodham was first found in Essex, where there are no fewer that three townships and parishes so named: Woodham-Ferris in the union and hundred of Chelmsford; Woodham-Mortimer, a parish, in the union of Maldon, hundred of Dengie; and Woodham-Walter a parish, in the union of Maldon, hundred of Dengie. [1]

Literally the place names mean "dweller at the enclosure by the Wood [Old English wudu + ham(m)] where the Middle English form was usually Wodeham. " [2] The name is often pluralized to Woodhams. [3]

Ironically, there was only one listing of the family in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, Thomas de Wodeham, as the rest were found as follows: Peter de Wodeham, Northamptonshire; Egipgidias de Wodeham, London; and Reginald de Wodeham, Gloucestershire. [4]

Adam Goddam or Woodham (d. 1358) was a Franciscan, "born towards the end of the thirteenth century, and attended Ockham's lectures on the 'Sentences' of Peter Lombard at Oxford, where he was presumably a member of the Franciscan convent. His studies under Ockham must have ended in the first years of the fourteenth century, when his master went to Paris." [5]

One source claims that the family or a branch of the family was originally found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Catherston-Lewston, a parish, in the union of Bridport, hundred of Whitchurch Canonicorum. "This place was the residence of a branch of the Wadhams, by one of whom, Nicholas Wadham, and Dorothy his wife, Wadham College, Oxford, was founded. " [1]

Early History of the Woodham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodham research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1613, 1625, 1789, 1743, 1803, 1769 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Woodham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woodham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodham, Wodam, Wodham and others.

Early Notables of the Woodham family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Mrs Woodham, (1743-1803), née Spenser. She was an English singer and actress and "known on account of the elegance of her dress and person as 'Buck' Spencer. She played at Covent Garden Euphrosyne in 'Comus,' and was regarded as a rival to Miss Brent, subsequently Mrs. Pinto. She sang at Marylebone Gardens under Dr. Arnold, from whom she...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woodham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Woodham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Woodham, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [6]
  • Mary Woodham, who landed in Virginia in 1699 [6]
Woodham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Woodham, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • George Woodham, who arrived in New England in 1773
  • Robert Short Woodham, who arrived in Jamaica in 1787 [6]
Woodham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Woodham, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • W L Woodham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Australia Woodham migration to Australia +

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

Woodham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Woodham 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:

Woodham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick B Woodham, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. T. B. Woodham, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir Edward Paget" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th December 1850 [8]
  • Mrs. Woodham, British settler with 2 children travelling from London aboard the ship "Sir Edward Paget" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th December 1850 [8]
  • Mr. Woodham, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [8]
  • Mrs. Woodham, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodham (post 1700) +

  • David Lloyd Victor "Dai" Woodham MBE, BEM (1919-1994), British businessman who saved over 200 former British Railways steam locomotives from the scrap heap and stored them at his Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, Wales
  • Jean Woodham, Sculptor, Ala
  • Professor Ronald Woodham, Music professor


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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