Woodson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Woodson family

The surname Woodson was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1335 when Adam and Thomas de Wodesom held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Woodson family

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Woodson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodson, Woodsom, Woodeson, Woodson, Woodeson, Wouldson and many more.

Early Notables of the Woodson family (pre 1700)

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Woodson Ranking

In the United States, the name Woodson is the 1,550th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [1]


United States Woodson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Woodson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Woodson, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 [2]
  • Sara Woodson, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Frances Woodson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • John Woodson, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [2]

Australia Woodson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Woodson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Woodson (post 1700) +

  • Andre Woodson (b. 1984), American NFL football quarterback (2008-2010)
  • Robert Everard Woodson Jr. (1904-1963), American botanist, curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Silas Woodson (1819-1896), American lawyer and politician, 21st Governor of Missouri (1873-1875)
  • Jacqueline Woodson (b. 1963), American writer of books for children and adolescents, best known for Miracle's Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way, Young People's Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, by the Library of Congress, for 2018–2019, named a MacArthur Fellow in 2020
  • Mike Woodson (b. 1958), American former NBA player, current head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers men's team.
  • Roderick Kevin "Rod" Woodson (b. 1965), American former professional football player in the National Football League (NFL) for 17 seasons, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), American historian, author, journalist, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History; in February 1926 he launched the celebration of "Negro History Week", the precursor of Black History Month.
  • Charles Cameron Woodson (b. 1976), American former football defensive back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 18 seasons with the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers, the only primarily defensive player to win the Heisman, inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021
  • Abraham "Abe" Benjamin Woodson (1934-2014), American football cornerback and kick returner who played nine seasons in the National Football League, mainly with the San Francisco 49ers
  • Tracy Woodson (b. 1962), American Major League Baseball player
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Woodson +

  • The Sable Curtain (Woodson Family) by Minnie Shumate Woodson.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml


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