The name Woodriffe is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived in Yorkshire
. Their name, however, derives from the woodrofe plant, a white flower whose leaves bear a sweet scent.
The name indicates that the original bearer lived in an area in which the woodrofe
Early Origins of the Woodriffe family
The surname Woodriffe was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Bolton on Deane, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Woodriffe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodriffe research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1574, 1551, 1768, 1679 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Woodriffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woodriffe Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Woodriffe family name include Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Woodriffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woodriffe family to Ireland
Some of the Woodriffe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woodriffe family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Woodriffe surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Woodriffe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Evelyn Woodriffe, aged 20, originally from Port of Spain, Trinidad, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Maraval" from Port of Spain, Trinidad CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNHL-W2N : 6 December 2014), Evelyn Woodriffe, 05 Jun 1924; citing departure port Port of Spain, Trinidad, arrival port New York, ship name Maraval, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).