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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodson research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, and 1568 are included under the topic Early Woodson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

More information is included under the topic Early Woodson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 [1]
  • Sara Woodson, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • Frances Woodson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • John Woodson, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [1]

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) +

  • 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
  • Mike Woodson (b. 1958), American former NBA player
  • Tracy Woodson (b. 1962), American Major League Baseball player
  • Silas Woodson (1819-1896), American Governor of Missouri
  • Lewis Woodson (1806-1878), American educator and minister
  • Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), American historian, author, journalist
  • Robert Everard Woodson Jr., American botanist
  • Andre Woodson (b. 1984), American football quarterback
  • James Woodson Bates (1788-1846), American politician, Delegate to U.S. Congress from Arkansas Territory, 1819; State Court Judge in Arkansas, 1828
  • Jay Woodson Dickey Jr. (1939-2017), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas (1993-2001)


Suggested Readings for the name Woodson +

  • 1838 The Sable Curtain (Woodson Family) by Minnie Shumate Woodson.

  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 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. ^ 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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