First name origin & meaning:
Old English: Forester; row of houses by a wood
First name variations: Woodruff, Woodie, Woody, Woodrow
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a forester employed to look
after the trees and game in a forest, Middle English woodward
(from the Old English elements mentioned at 2).
- English: perhaps also from
an Old English personal name Wuduweard, composed of the
elements wudu ‘wood’ + weard ‘guardian’,
- English: Henry Woodward emigrated from England in 1635 and settled first in
Dorchester, MA, and subsequently in Northampton, MA. He had many
prominent descendants. Another Henry Woodward, born about 1646 in the British West Indies, was the first English settler in SC (1664).
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