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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.

Woodroffe Early Origins



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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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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Woodroffe Early History


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Woodroffe Early History



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 Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woodroffe Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woodroffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woodroffe In Ireland


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Woodroffe In Ireland



Some of the Woodroffe 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.

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The Great Migration



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, Conn in 1640
  • William Woodroffe, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Joseph Woodroffe settled in Pennsylvania in 1682

Woodroffe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Woodroffe, who arrived in Mississippi in 1876

Woodroffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Woodroffe arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [1]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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850
  • Richard Woodroffe, aged 42, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"

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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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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Woodroffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodroffe Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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