The ancestors of the name Woodroff date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Woodroff 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 Woodroff family
The surname Woodroff 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 Woodroff family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodroff research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1574, 1551, 1768, 1679 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Woodroff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woodroff Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Woodroff are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Woodroff include: Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Woodroff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woodroff family to Ireland
Some of the Woodroff 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 Woodroff family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Woodroff or a variant listed above: John Woodruff, who arrived in Lynn, MA in 1640; Matthew Woodruff, who arrived in Hartford, CT in 1640;Robert and Richard Woodruffe settled in Virginia in 1643.