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The surname Woodman was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Woodmansey. Later another branch of the family was found at Fenrother in Northumberland. "This place was at an early period held under the barons of Bothal, by the family of Fenrother. In the reign of Henry III., and subsequently, the Herons had possessions here; and among other owners have been the priors of Tynemouth, and the family of Woodman: it is now the property of Mr. Woodman, and the Duke of Portland." [1]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodman, Wudman, Wouldman, Wodeman, Woodmann, Woodeman, Woodmansey and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodman research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1486, 1493, 1477, 1718, 1524, 1557 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Woodman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Woodman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Woodman settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Hercules and Richard Woodman settled in Boston in 1635
  • Edward Woodman, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Henry Woodman, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Hercules Woodman, who arrived in America in 1635


Woodman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John and Mary Woodman settled in Georgia in 1733

Woodman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Woodman settled in North Side in 1855 and was a fisherman

Woodman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Woodman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1761

Woodman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Woodman settled in Cove Parish, Newfoundland in 1848

Woodman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Woodman, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Woodman, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Samuel Woodman, aged 25, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Walter Woodman, aged 33, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Henry George Watson Woodman (aged 39), a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"


Woodman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Woodman landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Woodman landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mary Woodman, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Thomas Woodman, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • John Woodman, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840


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  • Nicholas D. "Nick" Woodman (b. 1975), American businessman, and the founder and CEO of GoPro
  • Frederick Thomas Woodman (1871-1949), American politician, 31st Mayor of Los Angeles, California (1916-1919)
  • Francesca Woodman (1958-1981), American photographer best known for her black and white pictures
  • Dean Woodman (b. 1929), American businessman, philanthropist, and co-founder of the investment bank Robertson Stephens
  • Edwin E. Woodman, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1880-81
  • David S. Woodman, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 21st District, 1910
  • Dana Woodman, American politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1849-51
  • Charles Walhart Woodman (1844-1898), American Republican politician, Lawyer; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1880; U.S. Representative from Illinois 4th District, 1895-97
  • Blair G. Woodman (1903-1988), American Republican politician, County agricultural extension agent; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 87th District, 1965-68
  • Beryl Woodman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972

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  • The Woodmans of Rhode Island: Descendants of John Woodman of Little Compton, Rhode Island by Helen Denny Woodman.
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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