Woodriffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 was common. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from "Woodreve, the woodman, the forester of the Midland Counties." [1] [2]

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 in 1066.

Early History of the Woodriffe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodriffe research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1574, 1551, 1768, 1679, 1734, 1638, 1711, 1656, 1656, 1669, 1672 and 1685 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)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Wodrow (1679-1734), a Scottish historian from Glasgow. He was the "second son of James Wodrow, professor of divinity in the University of Glasgow. " [3] Benjamin Woodroffe (1638-1711), was an English divine, son of the Rev. Timothy Woodroffe, born in Canditch Street, St. Mary Magdalen parish, Oxford. "He was educated at Westminster school, and was elected to Christ Church...
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Ireland 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 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Woodriffe migration to the United States +

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 [4]

Australia Woodriffe migration to Australia +

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

Woodriffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Woodriffe, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ "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.).
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt


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