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Woodroffe is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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.

Early Origins of the Woodroffe family


The surname Woodroffe was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat at Bolton on Deane, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Early History of the Woodroffe family

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Early History of the Woodroffe family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodroffe research.
Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1574, 1551, 1768, 1679 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Woodroffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woodroffe Spelling Variations

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Woodroffe 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 Woodroffe family name include Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.

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Early Notables of the Woodroffe family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Woodroffe family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Woodroffe family to Ireland

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Migration of the Woodroffe family to Ireland


Some of the Woodroffe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Woodroffe family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Woodroffe family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Woodroffe surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Woodroffe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Woodroffe, who landed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1640 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Woodroffe, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Joseph Woodroffe, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682

Woodroffe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Woodroffe, who arrived in Mississippi in 1876 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Woodroffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Woodroffe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/ Surrey 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  • Mary Woodroffe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JennyLind.gif
  • Richard Woodroffe, aged 42, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodroffe (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodroffe (post 1700)


  • Barry Jonathan Clayton Woodroffe SBS, JP (1989-1999), English diplomat, Commissioner of Rating and Valuation, Hong Kong
  • Sidney Clayton Woodroffe VC (1895-1915), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Sir John Woodroffe (1865-1936), English lawyer, educator and government official in India
  • Paul Vincent Woodroffe (1875-1954), British book illustrator and stained-glass artist
  • Martyn J. Woodroffe (1950-1968), Welsh silver medalist swimmer at the 1968 Olympic Games
  • Colin D. Woodroffe, Australian geographer and coastal geomorphologist
  • Rt. Rev. George Woodroffe, Bishop of Windward Islands

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JennyLind.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm

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