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Early Origins of the Woodin family

The surname Woodin was first found in various counties and shires throughout ancient Britain. The name literally means "dweller at the wood-meadow" from the Old English "wudu" + Old Norse "eng", meaning "meadow." [1] Another source claims the name means "dweller at a clearing or place where wood has been cut." [2]

One source claims the name was actually Norman as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Ranulph Waudin in Normandy in 1198 [3] and another claims the name is more probably derived from Wooden, in the parish of Kelso, co. Roxburgh, Scotland. [4]

The first record of the family was found in Bedfordshire where William Woding was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1247. A few years later, Richard atte Woding was listed in Worcestershire in 1294. [5]

Early History of the Woodin family

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Woodin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wooding, Woodin, Woodington and others.

Early Notables of the Woodin family (pre 1700)

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Canada Woodin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Woodin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodin (post 1700) +

  • William Hartman Woodin, American founding partner in Jackson & Woodin Manufacturing Company, an American railroad freight car manufacturing company active the 1800s
  • George Burrell "Tim" Woodin (1934-2002), American professional wrestler who used the ring names, Mr. Wrestling and Tim Woods
  • Melody Woodin (b. 1986), American fashion model
  • Howard Lee "Whitey" Woodin (b. 1894), American football player who played from 1922 to 1931 for the Green Bay Packers, inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1973
  • William Hartman Woodin (1868-1934), American industrialist, 51st United States Secretary of the Treasury in 1933, great grandfather of William Hugh Woodin
  • William Hugh Woodin (b. 1955), American mathematician and set theorist who determined the Woodlin cardinal
  • Michael Edward "Mike" Woodin (1965-2004), British Principal Speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook