Woodlee is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Woodlee family lived in Devon
, at Woodleigh.
Early Origins of the Woodlee family
The surname Woodlee was first found in Devon
, where the family held a seat at Woodleigh, after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They were conjecturally descended from Robet de Aumaly, who held the fishery of Woodleigh which included 15 cattle and 100 sheep. It is situated above Kingsbridge estuary. Robert was descended from the Counts of Aumaly, one of the largest land holding barons in Normandy.
Early History of the Woodlee family
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Woodlee Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Woodley, Woodleigh, Woodlief and others.
Early Notables of the Woodlee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woodlee family to Ireland
Some of the Woodlee family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Woodlee family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Woodlee or a variant listed above: Thomas Woodley who settled in Barbados in 1663; Benjamin and William Woodley arrived in New England
in 1772; William Woodly arrived in Virginia in 1662..
Contemporary Notables of the name Woodlee (post 1700)
- Zach Woodlee (b. 1977), American choreographer and dancer, best known as the choreographer and co-producer of the TV series Glee