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Origins Available: English, Irish, Scottish


Woods is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Woods family lived in Leicestershire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word wode, meaning wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood.

Woods Early Origins



The surname Woods was first found in Leicester, where they held land in Thorpe Arnold, under the Earl of Leicester. They were descended from Ernald de Vosco, a Norman knight, who came to Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. After losing these lands, the main branch of the family moved north to Dumfriesshire, Scotland where they held a family seat from about 1150.

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Woods Spelling Variations


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Woods Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Woods are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Woods include Wood, Woods, Wode, Would, Woid, Voud, Vould and others.

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Woods Early History


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Woods Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woods research. Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1597, 1672, 1666, 1502, 1478, 1486, 1488, 1495, 1500, 1455, 1539, 1604, 1675, 1654, 1597, 1671, 1661, 1671, 1622, 1685, 1610 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Woods History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woods Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woods Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Wode KS (died 1502) was a British judge, appointed Justice of the Peace for Berkshire in 1478, was made a Serjeant-at-law in 1486 and in 1488 a King's Serjeant, in 1495 he was made a Puisne Justice of the Court of...

Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woods Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woods In Ireland


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Woods In Ireland



Some of the Woods family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 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


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Woods, or a variant listed above:

Woods Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Woods, who landed in Virginia in 1769-1770

Woods Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Woods, aged 25, arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1801
  • Alexander Woods, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • James Woods, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Francis Woods, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Anthony Woods, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Woods Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Evans Woods, who landed in Mississippi in 1904

Woods Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Woods, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Charles Woods, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Woods, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Ambassador" in 1834
  • Margaret Woods, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Sally Woods, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Woods Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Woods, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • John Woods, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Alexander Woods arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Rachel Jane Woods arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • S. Woods arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Woods Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Woods landed in Go-ashore, New Zealand in 1840
  • Frederick Woods arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arab" in 1841
  • F Woods landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Arab
  • John Woods, aged 43, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Hannah Woods, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woods (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Woods (post 1700)



  • Philip Wells Woods (1931-2015), American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer, perhaps best known for his rendition of "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
  • Sylvia Woods (1926-2012), American restaurateur who co-founded the landmark restaurant Sylvia's in Harlem on Lenox Avenue, New York City
  • Don Woods (1927-2012), American meteorologist and cartoonist
  • Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (b. 1975), American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time
  • Barbara Alyn Woods (b. 1965), American actress
  • James Woods (b. 1947), American actor
  • Christopher "Chris" Charles Eric Woods (b. 1959), English former football goalkeeper
  • Margaret Louisa Woods (1856-1945), English writer
  • Sir Albert William Woods GCVO, KCB, KCMG, KGStJ, FSA (1816-1904), English officer of arms
  • Charles Arthur Woods (1929-2015), New Zealand rugby union player who played for Southland from 1951 to 1956 and for the New Zealand National Team from 1953 to 1954
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Woods Historic Events


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Woods Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Sarah Woods, née Simmonds Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Raymond Woods (1920-1941), Australian Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from North Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Chelsea Marie Woods (1988-1988), American Passenger from Willingboro, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Joe Nathan Woods (1960-1988), American Civilian Military Worker from Willingboro, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Joe Nathan Woods Jr. (1986-1988), American Passenger from Willingboro, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Dedera Lynn Woods (1961-1988), American Air Force Sergeant from Willingboro, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Joseph Woods, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Woods


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Suggested Readings for the name Woods



  • Let the Deed Shaw: A Pictorial and Historical Record of the Fleming, Edwards and Woods Families by James R. Fleming.
  • The Michael Woods-Mary Campbell Family in America by Patsy Woods Young.
  • The Woods Family: Colonial Days to 1979 by Willa Woods Hiltner.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tutus in undis
Motto Translation: Safe on the waves.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Woods Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woods 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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