Woodous History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Woodous family
The surname Woodous was first found in Leicestershire at Woodhouse a civil parish and a chapelry, in the parish and union of Barrow-upon-Soar, hundred of West Goscote.
However there are over other places named Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and in Leeds. These later places are smaller than the Leicestershire parish.
One of the reasons for the many listings is the origin of the place name: from the Old English words wudu + hus, which literally means "house(s) in or near a wood." 
"This family is very ancient, for they were gentlemen of good ranke in the time of King John, as it appeareth by many antient grants and evidences of theirs which I have seen," wrote Peacham in his "Compleate Gentleman," in 1614.
Robert de Wodehouse or Woodhouse (d. 1345?), was Treasurer of the Exchequer, son of Bertram de Wodehouse, a Norfolk knight who fought with distinction against the Scots under Edward I. 
Early History of the Woodous family
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Woodous Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodhouse, Wodehouse, Wouldhouse and others.
Early Notables of the Woodous family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Woodhouse (d. 1573), English Roman Catholic martyr, a native of Lincolnshire. "On 16 June 1573 he was tried for high treason in the Guildhall, London. He distinguished himself by his intrepid bearing and the frankness of his answers, was found guilty, and was executed at Tyburn on 19 June. Woodhouse was the first priest who suffered in Elizabeth's reign. " 
Sir Philip Wodehouse, 1st Baronet (died 1623), was an English Baronet, soldier and Member of Parliament; Sir Thomas Wodehouse, 2nd Baronet (c.1585-1658), an English Baronet and Member of Parliament for Thetford (1640-1653), High Sheriff...
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Migration of the Woodous family to Ireland
Some of the Woodous family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Woodous family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William and Mary Woodhouse, who settled in Virginia in 1637; followed by Thomas Woodhouse who settled there in 1653; William Woodhouse arrived in Virginia in 1642.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: In hoc signo
Motto Translation: In this token.
- Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print