Woodman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woodman family

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]

An interesting entry was found: "In a proclamation by Edith of Wessex, Queen of Edward the Confessor, judgment is asked for on a certain undesirable tenant named Wudemann, to whom the queen had lent a horse and who had not paid any rent for two years." [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, it was "an old surname in the parish of Strichen. William Wode was juror on an inquest made in St. Katherine's Chapel, Bave-ley, in 1280. Nicholas Wodman became burgess of Aberdeen in 1400, Thomas Wodeman attained the same distinction in 1486, and is mentioned again in 1493. Andrew Wodman was a forestaller in Aberdeen in 1402. The surname is also common in Northumberland." [3]

There are two distinct possible origins for this name. The first, having derived from the Old English personal name Wudernann (in 1070 Wudeman) and secondly, for the occupation a woodcutter. [2]

"A Wodeman occurs in Domesday, and at an earlier period individuals so designated gave names to Woodmancote, co. Sussex; Woodmanstone, co. Surrey; Woodmansey, co. York." [4]

Early History of the Woodman family

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Woodman Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Woodman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Woodman (1524?-1557) English Protestant martyr, born in Buxted and lived in nearby Warbleton in East Sussex. He was burnt during the Marian Persecutions in 1557 in Lewes. "Traditions of Woodman linger in Sussex. The site of his house is still pointed out. He is said to have been confined in the second story of the...
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Ireland Migration of the Woodman family to Ireland

Some of the Woodman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Woodman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Woodman, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Hercules and Richard Woodman, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Edward Woodman, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635 [5]
  • Henry Woodman, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Hercules Woodman, who arrived in America in 1635 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Woodman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John and Mary Woodman, who settled in Georgia in 1733
Woodman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Woodman, who settled in North Side in 1855 and was a fisherman

Canada Woodman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who settled in Cove Parish, Newfoundland in 1848 [6]
  • Mr. James Woodman, (b. 1805), aged 50, Cornish labourer departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [7]

Australia Woodman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [8]
  • William Woodman, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Samuel Woodman, aged 25, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega" [10]
  • Walter Woodman, aged 33, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon" [11]
  • Henry George Watson Woodman (aged 39), a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
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New Zealand Woodman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Woodman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Woodman, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Woodman, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mary Woodman, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Thomas Woodman, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • John Woodman, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodman (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth "Betty" Woodman (1930-2018), née Abrahams, an American ceramic artist
  • 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 [12]
  • David S. Woodman, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 21st District, 1910 [12]
  • Dana Woodman, American politician, Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1849-51 [12]
  • 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 [12]
  • Blair G. Woodman (1903-1988), American Republican politician, County agricultural extension agent; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 87th District, 1965-68 [12]
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Woodman +

  • 4291 "The Woodmans of Rhode Island: Descendants of John Woodman of Little Compton, Rhode Island" by Helen Denny Woodman.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Omega.htm
  11. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MACEDON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/macedon1853.shtml
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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