Early Origins of the Woodwill family
The surname Woodwill was first found in Northamptonshire at Woodwell, a hamlet about a mile west of the village of Woodford. Some of the first records of the name include: Robert de Wudewelle who was listed in Bedfordshire
c. 1240 and Geoffrey de Wodewell who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327. The place name literally means "dweller by the stream or spring in the wood," from the Old English words wuda, wiella. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The parish of Grafton Regis in Northamptonshire was an important family seat
of the family. The Manor was the birthplace of Elizabeth Woodville (1437-1492) who married Edward IV in 1464. The Manor later passed to the Grey Marquesses of Dorset
, descendants of queen consort Elizabeth Woodville by her first marriage to Sir John Grey.
Early History of the Woodwill family
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Woodwill Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Woodvile, Woodville, Woodwell, Woodwill and others.
Early Notables of the Woodwill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Woodwill family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Woodville, who settled in Dominica in 1776; William Woodville, who arrived in Baltimore in 1818; Wm. Woodville, who was on record in Maryland in 1812.