Woodrum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Woodrum family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from 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. 
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from "Woodreve, the woodman, the forester of the Midland Counties."  
Early Origins of the Woodrum family
The surname Woodrum 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 Woodrum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodrum 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 Woodrum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woodrum Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Woodrum include Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Woodrum 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. " 
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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Migration of the Woodrum family to Ireland
Some of the Woodrum 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.
Woodrum migration to the United States +
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Woodrum were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Woodrum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert H. Woodrum, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1895
Woodrum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Clinton Woodrum, aged 21, who immigrated to America, in 1923
- C. F. Woodrum, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1923
- Charles Woodrum, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924
- Cliff Woodrum, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Woodrum (post 1700) +
- Clifton Alexander Woodrum (1887-1950), American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia
Related Stories +
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print