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Woodliffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the Woodliffe family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Devon, at Woodleigh.

Early Origins of the Woodliffe family


The surname Woodliffe 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 Woodliffe family


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Woodliffe Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Woodliffe were recorded, including Woodley, Woodleigh, Woodlief and others.

Early Notables of the Woodliffe family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Woodliffe family to Ireland


Some of the Woodliffe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Woodliffe family to the New World and Oceana


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Woodliffe arrived in North America very early:

Woodliffe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Woodliffe, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Martin Woodliffe, who arrived in Virginia in 1661 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodliffe (post 1700)


  • Joanna Woodliffe, American actress, known for her roles in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) and Filth and Wisdom (2008)
  • Stephen Woodliffe, American politician, Boston City Councillor

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  1. ^ 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)

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