The name Wudfink first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Lincolnshire
. Their name however, translates as the dweller by the woodland stream,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near such a waterway.
Early Origins of the Wudfink family
The surname Wudfink was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor some say before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Wudfink family
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Wudfink Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Wudfink has appeared include Woodbine, Woodfine, Woodpine, Wouldbine, Wouldfin and many more.
Early Notables of the Wudfink family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wudfink family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Wudfink arrived in North America very early: William Woodfine, with his wife Elizabeth and son William, who settled in Barbados in 1679. In Newfoundland, Richard settled in St. John's in 1783; Richard settled in Devil's Cove in 1821.