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Woodward Family History & Genealogy

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Woodward Last Name History & Origin

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Updated Jun 24, 2021

History

The name of Woodward originated about the fifth century A.D. The King of England granted to his servant, James, the Woodwarden, special recognition as a reward for his faithfulness and care to the trust reposed in him, hence the special significance of the words on the Coat of Arms, Guard Well. (Our Royal Ancestors, vol. 1 & 2, p. 44)
The family name Woodward is believed to be descended originally from the Norman race. They were commonly believed to be of French origin but were, more accurately, of Viking origin.

Name Origin

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and comes from a medieval occupational name for a forester (which has formed another well known surname), a man employed to look after the trees and the game in the forest. This was a very important and well respected profession, since the woods and the game animals therein were usually preserved against poachers and were solely for the use and enjoyment of the king or the local lord of the manor. The "New Forest" in Hampshire is a prime example of such a protected area and the punishment for infringement was usually death. The derivation of the name is from the Olde English pre 7th Century "wudu", wood, and "weard" guardian or protector.

Spellings & Pronunciations

Many alternate spellings of the name were found. They were typically linked to a common root, usually one of the Norman nobles at the Battle of Hastings. The name, Woodward, occurred in many references, and from time to time, the surname included the spellings of Woodward, Woodyard, Woodwood, Wadard, Waudard, and many more. Scribes recorded and spelled the name as it sounded.It was not uncommon for a person to be born with one spelling, married with another, and buried with a headstone that showed another. Sometimes preferences for different spelling variations either came from a division of the family, or, had religious or patriotic reasons.

Nationality & Ethnicity

English

Famous People named Woodward

Bob Woodward (Watergate Journalist), Joanne Woodward (Actress)

Early Woodwards

These are the earliest records we have of the Woodward family.

Woodward Family Members

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Agnes, Woodward
Agnes, Woodward
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Alexander, Woodward
Alexander, Woodward
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Allen, Woodward
Allen, Woodward
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Andrew, Woodward
Andrew, Woodward
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Anna, Woodward
Anna, Woodward
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Arlene, Woodward
Arleta, Woodward
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Asa, Woodward
Asa, Woodward
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Beatrice, Woodward
Beatrice, Woodward
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Bertha, Woodward
Bertha, Woodward
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Beverly, Woodward
Beverly, Woodward
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Brent, Woodward
Brent, Woodward
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Calvin, Woodward
Calvin, Woodward
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Carrie, Woodward
Carrie, Woodward
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Charles, Woodward
Charles, Woodward
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Charles, Woodward
Charles, Woodward
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Charlie, Woodward
Charlie, Woodward
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Clara, Woodward
Clara, Woodward
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Clayton, Woodward
Clayton, Woodward
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Constance, Woodward
Constance, Woodward
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Dale, Woodward
Dale, Woodward
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David, Woodward
David, Woodward
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Denise, Woodward
Dennis, Woodward
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Donald, Woodward
Donald, Woodward
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Dorothy, Woodward
Dorothy, Woodward
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Duane, Woodward
Duane, Woodward
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Edgar, Woodward
Edgar, Woodward
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Edward, Woodward
Edward, Woodward
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Eileen Mary, Woodward
El, Woodward
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Elizabeth, Woodward
Elizabeth, Woodward
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Ellen, Woodward
Ellen, Woodward
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Emilie, Woodward
Emily, Woodward
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Ernest, Woodward
Ernest, Woodward
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Ethel, Woodward
Ethel, Woodward
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Everet, Woodward
Everett, Woodward
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Florence, Woodward
Florence, Woodward
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Frances, Woodward
Frances, Woodward
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Frank, Woodward
Frank, Woodward
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Frederick, Woodward
Frederick, Woodward
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Geneive, Woodward
General, Woodward
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George, Woodward
George, Woodward
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George, Woodward
George, Woodward
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Gladys, Woodward
Gladys, Woodward
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Grace, Woodward
Grace, Woodward
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H, Woodward
H, Woodward
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Harold, Woodward
Harold, Woodward
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Harry, Woodward
Harry, Woodward
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Helen, Woodward
Helen, Woodward
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Henry, Woodward
Henry, Woodward
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Herbert, Woodward
Herbert, Woodward
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Howard, Woodward
Howard, Woodward
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Ira, Woodward
Ira, Woodward
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J, Woodward
J, Woodward
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Jacob, Woodward
Jacob, Woodward
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James, Woodward
James, Woodward
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James, Woodward
James, Woodward
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Jane, Woodward
Jane, Woodward
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Jeffrey, Woodward
Jeffrey, Woodward
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Jessie, Woodward
Jessie, Woodward
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John, Woodward
John, Woodward
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John, Woodward
John, Woodward
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John, Woodward
John, Woodward
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John, Woodward
John, Woodward
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Joseph, Woodward
Joseph, Woodward
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Julius, Woodward
Julius, Woodward
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Kay, Woodward
Kay, Woodward
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King, Woodward
King, Woodward
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Lawrence, Woodward
Lawrence, Woodward
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Leon, Woodward
Leon, Woodward
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Letitia, Woodward
Letitia, Woodward
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Linda, Woodward
Linda, Woodward
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Louis, Woodward
Louis, Woodward
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Lucy, Woodward
Lucy, Woodward
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Mable, Woodward
Mable, Woodward
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Margaret, Woodward
Margaret, Woodward
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Maria, Woodward
Maria, Woodward
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Marjorie, Woodward
Marjorie, Woodward
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Martin, Woodward
Martin, Woodward
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Mary, Woodward
Mary, Woodward
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Mary, Woodward
Mary, Woodward
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Maureen, Woodward
Maureen, Woodward
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Merle, Woodward
Merlin, Woodward
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Millicent, Woodward
Millicent, Woodward
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Myra, Woodward
Myra, Woodward
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Nellie, Woodward
Nellie, Woodward
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Norman, Woodward
Norris, Woodward
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Orville, Woodward
Orville, Woodward
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Paul, Woodward
Paul, Woodward
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Percy, Woodward
Percy, Woodward
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R, Woodward
R, Woodward
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Ray, Woodward
Ray, Woodward
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Rich, Woodward
Richard, Woodward
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Ricky, Woodward
Ricky, Woodward
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Robert, Woodward
Robert, Woodward
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Robert, Woodward
Robert, Woodward
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Roger, Woodward
Roger, Woodward
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Roxie, Woodward
Roy, Woodward
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Russell, Woodward
Ruth, Woodward
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Sallie, Woodward
Sallie, Woodward
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Sarah, Woodward
Sarah, Woodward
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Sommerfeldt, Woodward
Sondra, Woodward
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Susan, Woodward
Susan, Woodward
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Thelma, Woodward
Thelma, Woodward
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Thomas, Woodward
Thomas, Woodward
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Trevania, Woodward
Trottet, Woodward
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Veronica, Woodward
Vershonn, Woodward
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Vivian, Woodward
Vivian, Woodward
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Walter, Woodward
Walter, Woodward
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Wayne, Woodward
Wayne, Woodward
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William, Woodward
William, Woodward
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William, Woodward
William, Woodward
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William, Woodward
William, Woodward
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William, Woodward
William, Woodward
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Woodward, Woodward
Woodward, Woodward
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Zulema, Woodward
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Woodward Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Woodward family member is 71.3 years old according to our database of 17,449 people with the last name Woodward that have a birth and death date listed.

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