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
c. 1240 and Geoffrey de Wodewell who was listed in the
in 1327. The place name literally means "dweller by the stream or spring in the wood," from the Old English words wuda, wiella.
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
, descendants of queen consort Elizabeth Woodville by her first marriage to Sir John Grey.
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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.