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Early Origins of the Wudeeham family

The surname Wudeeham was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Woodmansey. Later another branch of the family was found at Fenrother in Northumberland. "This place was at an early period held under the barons of Bothal, by the family of Fenrother. In the reign of Henry III., and subsequently, the Herons had possessions here; and among other owners have been the priors of Tynemouth, and the family of Woodman: it is now the property of Mr. Woodman, and the Duke of Portland." [1]

An interesting entry was found: "In a proclamation by Edith of Wessex, Queen of Edward the Confessor, judgment is asked for on a certain undesirable tenant named Wudemann, to whom the queen had lent a horse and who had not paid any rent for two years." [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, it was "an old surname in the parish of Strichen. William Wode was juror on an inquest made in St. Katherine's Chapel, Bave-ley, in 1280. Nicholas Wodman became burgess of Aberdeen in 1400, Thomas Wodeman attained the same distinction in 1486, and is mentioned again in 1493. Andrew Wodman was a forestaller in Aberdeen in 1402. The surname is also common in Northumberland." [3]

There are two distinct possible origins for this name. The first, having derived from the Old English personal name Wudernann (in 1070 Wudeman) and secondly, for the occupation a woodcutter. [2]

"A Wodeman occurs in Domesday, and at an earlier period individuals so designated gave names to Woodmancote, co. Sussex; Woodmanstone, co. Surrey; Woodmansey, co. York." [4]

Early History of the Wudeeham family

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Wudeeham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Woodman, Wudman, Wouldman, Wodeman, Woodmann, Woodeman, Woodmansey and many more.

Early Notables of the Wudeeham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Woodman (1524?-1557) English Protestant martyr, born in Buxted and lived in nearby Warbleton in East Sussex. He was burnt during the Marian Persecutions in 1557 in Lewes. "Traditions of Woodman linger in Sussex. The site of his house is still pointed out. He is said to have been confined in the second story of the...
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Ireland Migration of the Wudeeham family to Ireland

Some of the Wudeeham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wudeeham family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Woodman settled in Virginia in 1635; Hercules and Richard Woodman settled in Boston in 1635; John settled in Jamaica in 1670; John Woodmansey settled in Maryland in 1774.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook