name Wudrofe comes from the family having resided in Yorkshire
. Their name, however, derives from the woodrofe plant, a white flower whose leaves bear a sweet scent.
The name indicates that the original bearer lived in an area in which the woodrofe
Early Origins of the Wudrofe family
The surname Wudrofe was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Bolton on Deane, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wudrofe family
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Wudrofe Spelling Variations
Wudrofe has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Woodrow, Woderove, Woodrof, Woodrofe, Wodrow, Woodroffe, Woodruff, Woodrufe and many more.
Early Notables of the Wudrofe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wudrofe family to Ireland
Some of the Wudrofe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 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 Wudrofe family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Wudrofes to arrive on North American shores: John Woodruff, who arrived in Lynn, MA in 1640; Matthew Woodruff, who arrived in Hartford, CT in 1640;Robert and Richard Woodruffe settled in Virginia in 1643.