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Woodworth is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name Woodworth comes from a forester. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old English words wode, meaning wood, and ward, meaning guardian or keeper. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Another source claims the name was from 'a woodward,' a forest officer who looked after wood and vert. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Woodworth Early Origins



The surname Woodworth was first found in Essex where Commander Wadard [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
was granted lands by King William for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings. The first recorded scion of the family, (Falaise Roll,p 112,) Commander Wadard assembled King William's army at Saint Valery in Normandy for the invasion of England. It was he, Wadard, who advised King William of the Saxon King Harold's approach from the north at Hastings. His descendents, Henry and Simon Wadard, were still Lords of their respective Manors in Essex in 1278. Other early listings of the name include: Sewhal le wuderward who was in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire in 1208; Ralph de (sic) Wodeward who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Hertfordshire in 1230; and Robert Wodeward who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Aylward le Wodeward in Oxfordshire; and Adam le Wodewarde in Somerset. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Woodworth Spelling Variations


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Woodworth Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Woodward, Woodard, Woodwards, Woodyard, Wadard and many more.

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Woodworth Early History


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Woodworth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woodworth research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1086, 1066, 1490, 1590, 1675, 1640, 1657, 1712, 1698 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Woodworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woodworth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Woodworth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woodworth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Woodworth or a variant listed above:

Woodworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Walter Woodworth (1612-1686), who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts from Kent, England in 1630
  • Henry Woodworth, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1642

Woodworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Woodworth, aged 64, landed in Maine in 1812
  • T Woodworth, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S Woodworth, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • B F Woodworth, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • James Woodworth, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Woodworth Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Woodworth, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Woodworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Woodworth, aged 23, a mason, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Mary Woodworth, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Charles Woodworth, aged 6 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodworth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Woodworth (post 1700)



  • Walter Woodworth (1612-1686), one of the original colonial settlers of America; he settled in the Plymouth Colony, from Kent, England in 1633, progenitor of numerous people of the surname Woodworth including William Woodworth, Samuel Woodworth, Charles W. Woodworth, Robert S. Woodworth and many more
  • Joseph E. Woodworth (1837-1889), American ship builder and merchant
  • Fred L. Woodworth (b. 1877), American thorough-bred horse breeder, scientific farmer
  • Thomas B. Woodworth (1841-1904), American newspaper publisher, lawyer, and member of the Woodworth political family
  • William Woodworth (1780-1839), American inventor of the Woodworth Planing Machine
  • Laurin Dewey Woodworth (1837-1897), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Stephen Woodworth, American speculative fiction author
  • Selim E. Woodworth (1815-1871), American commander in the United States Navy
  • Samuel Woodworth (1784-1842), American author, literary journalist, playwright, librettist, and poet
  • Charles W. Woodworth (1865-1940), American entomologist
  • ... (Another 46 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Woodworth Historic Events


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Woodworth Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Eric Woodworth, British Boy Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Woodworth


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Suggested Readings for the name Woodworth



  • From the Old Colony of New Plymouth to Nebraska, 1620-1920: The History and Genealogy of the Family of Mildred Woodworth by Leopold H. Hoppe.
  • Some Descendants of Robert Porter, Farmington, Connecticut, 1640: With Female Lines by Margaret Porter Miller.
  • A Genealogy of Richard Woodworth, 1758 Ireland-1843 Ohio by Marie Monson.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus semper viret
Motto Translation: Virtue is always flourishing.


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  11. ...

The Woodworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Woodworth Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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