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The Anglo-Saxon name Woodstock comes from when the family resided in Woodstock, a town in the north-west part of Oxfordshire.

Early Origins of the Woodstock family

The surname Woodstock was first found in Oxfordshire at Woodstock. "This town is of Saxon origin, and was called by that people Vudestoc, signifying a woody place. It appears to have been chosen at an early period as an abode of royalty, and the manor-house, as it was called, is supposed to have been built upon the site of a Roman villa. Edmund of Woodstock, the second son of Edward I., was born here; as were also Edward the Black Prince, and Thomas of Woodstock, sons of Edward III. Henry VII. added considerably to the buildings of the palace, erecting the front and the principal gate-house." [1]

"Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent (1301-1330), youngest son of Edward I, by his second wife, Margaret of France, was born at Woodstock on 5 Aug. 1301. On 31 Aug. 1306 he received from his father a revenue of seven thousand marks a year. It was commonly believed that the old king proposed to confer the rich earldom of Cornwall either on Edmund or on his elder brother Thomas of Brotherton; but the accession of Edward II secured that prize for the favourite, Gaveston. Edward II, however, placed Edward Baliol in the custody of his half-brother. In 1319 he made Edmund lord of the castle and honour of Knaresborough." [2]

The Feet of Fines for Oxfordshire included Alisius de Wodestoke in 1235. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Hudde de Wodestok, Oxfordshire; and John de Wodestok, Oxfordshire. [4]

Robert Wodestoke was found in the Assize Rolls for Devon in 1359 [3] and another source notes: "Lifton, which adjoins Marystow, one of the frontier parishes of Devon next Cornwall, passed from the Crown, by the grant of King John in 1199, to Agatha, who had been nurse to Eleanor his mother. By Edward I. the manor, hundred, and advowson were given to Thomas of Woodstock, and descended thence through the Hollands to the Nevilles." [5]

Early History of the Woodstock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodstock research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1326, 1331, 1331, 1330, 1326 and 1385 are included under the topic Early Woodstock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Woodstock Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Woodstock include Woodstock, Woodstocke and others.

Early Notables of the Woodstock family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Edmund of Woodstock, 2nd Earl of Kent (c. 1326-1331), who inherited the Earldom of Kent in 1331, a year after his father, Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, was attainted. In 1330 he was, on the petition of his mother and the reversal of his father's condemnation, recognized as Earl of Kent. He died very...
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United States Woodstock migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Woodstock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Woodstock, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [6]
  • Sarah Woodstock, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [6]
Woodstock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Woodstock, who arrived in Maryland in 1775

Australia Woodstock migration to Australia +

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

Woodstock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Woodstock, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [7]

West Indies Woodstock migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Woodstock Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Robert Woodstock, who arrived in St. Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635
  • Mr. Robert Woodstock, (b. 1595), aged 40, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [9]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from
  9. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021 from on Facebook