Origins Available: English
Woud is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Woud family lived in Leicestershire
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word wode,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood.
Early Origins of the Woud family
The surname Woud was first found in Leicester, where they held land in Thorpe Arnold, under the Earl of Leicester. They were descended from Ernald de Vosco, a Norman knight, who came to Britain with the Norman invasion
of 1066. After losing these lands, the main branch of the family moved north to Dumfriesshire
where they held a family seat
from about 1150.
Early History of the Woud family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Woud research.Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1597, 1672, 1666, 1502, 1478, 1486, 1488, 1495, 1500, 1455, 1539, 1604, 1675, 1654, 1597, 1671, 1661, 1671, 1622, 1685, 1610 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Woud History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Woud Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Wood, Woods, Wode, Would, Woid, Voud, Vould and others.
Early Notables of the Woud family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Wode KS (died 1502) was a British judge, appointed Justice of the Peace for Berkshire in 1478, was made a Serjeant-at-law in 1486 and in 1488 a King's Serjeant, in 1495 he was made a Puisne Justice of the Court of... Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Woud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woud family to Ireland
Some of the Woud family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Woud family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Woud or a variant listed above: Thomas Wood and his family who had settled in Virginia before the ".
The Woud 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: Tutus in undis
Motto Translation: Safe on the waves.