Wudestake is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Wudestake family once lived in Woodstock,
a town in the north-west part of Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Wudestake family
The surname Wudestake was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
anciently, after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wudestake family
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Wudestake Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wudestake family name include Woodstock, Woodstocke and others.
Early Notables of the Wudestake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wudestake family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Wudestake surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Robert Woodstock arrived in St. Christopher in 1635; John Woodstock arrived in Maryland in 1775.