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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.

Woodliffe Early Origins



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.

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Woodliffe Spelling Variations


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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.

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Woodliffe Early History


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Woodliffe Early History



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

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Woodliffe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woodliffe Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Woodliffe In Ireland


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Woodliffe In Ireland



Some of the Woodliffe 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



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
  • Martin Woodliffe, who arrived in Virginia in 1661

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodliffe (post 1700)


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Woodliffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodliffe 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 17 December 2013 at 07:00.

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