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Woodlee is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Woodlee family lived in Devon, at Woodleigh.

Woodlee Early Origins



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.

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Woodlee Spelling Variations


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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.

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Woodlee Early History


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Woodlee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodlee research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woodlee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woodlee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woodlee Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Woodlee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woodlee In Ireland


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Woodlee In Ireland



Some of the Woodlee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodlee (post 1700)


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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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Woodlee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodlee Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 1 December 2014 at 16:53.

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