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1) (co. Bedford, and Upton, co. Bucks). Barry of six az. and ar. three bucks’ heads cabossed or, on a chief of the third a wolf pass. gu. betw. two annulets sa. Crest—A wolf’s head ar. collared sa. studded or, betw. an acorn branch and a branch of fern ppr.
2) (co. Bucks; granted 1527). Same Arms. Crest: A wolf’s head couped ar. gorged with a collar sa. charged with three plates.
3) (Dean, co. Gloucester; granted 1420, temp. Henry V.). Ar. on three bars gu. as many bucks’ heads cabossed or, on a chief of the last a wolf pass. of the second fcetw. two pheons sa. Crest—A demi lion ramp. sa. holding a pheon or.
4) (Woodmarsh, co. Kent). Ar. a chev. sa. betw. three grasshoppers vert. Crest—A demi woman couped at the knees ppr. vested gu. hair dishevelled or, in the dexter hand a honeysuckle also ppr. stalked and leaved vert.
5) (London). Ar. on two bars az. three bucks’ heads cabossed or. Crest—On a ducal coronet or, a boar’s head couped ar.
6) (Hampstead, co. Middlesex, and co. Stafford; John Woodward, gent., of Hampstead, Visit. Middlesex, 1663, grandson of Thomas Woodward, of the town of Stafford). Barry of six or and sa. a canton gu. Crest—A tiger’s head erased ar. maned and tufted or.
7) (Avon Dassett, co. Warwick; granted by Cooke, Clarenceux, to John Woodward, of that place). (Butlers Marston, co. Warwick; confirmed by the Deputies of Camden, Clarenceux, to Thomas Woodward, of that place, grandson of Thomas Woodward, of same place). Az. a pale betw. two eagles displ. ar. Crest—On a ducal coronet or, a greyhound sejant ar.
8) (Little Walsingham, co. Norfolk; granted 5 March, 1806). Vert three mulberry leaves or. Crest—A buck’s head erased ppr. attired and charged on the neck with six billets or, holding in the mouth a mulberry leaf vert.
9) (Edward Woodward, Mayor of Oxford, 1490, owner of the inn called the “ King’s Head,” in the parish of St. Martin’s. Arms on a tomb in the wall of the parish church. Visit. Oxon, 1566). (Filltius, co. Oxford, and Abingdon, co. Berks; Thomas Woodward, gent., of Filkins, living at Visit. Oxon, 1574, was son and heir of Lionel Woodward, of Abingdon). Ar. a saltire az. betw. four woodpeckers ppr.
10) (borne by Benjamin Woodward, Esq., of Highgate, Kev. Matthew Woodward, M.A., Vicar of Folkestone, co. Kent, Rev. Herbert Woodward, Vicar of St. Silas, Liverpool, and Daniel Pote Woodward, Esq., of Liverpool, sons of William Woodward, Esq., of Banker Broseley, co. Salop, descended from an ancient family of cos. Warwick and Worcester). Az. a pale betw. two eagles displ. ar. Crest—On a ducal coronet or, a greyhound sejant ar. Motto—Virtus semper viret
11) (Arley Castle, co. Stafford). Vert five oak leaves in saltire or.
12) (St. Edmundsbury, co. Suffolk). Or, on a bend cotised sa. three martlets ar. a border engr. az.
13) (Butlers Marston, Solihull, and Avon Dassett, co. Warwick; descended from John le Wodeward, Ranger of Arden Forest, early in the 15th century, whose grandson, John Wodeward, of Solihull, m. Petronella de Clinton, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas de Clinton, of Baddesley, of the younger line of the great house of Clinton, the senior line of which is now represented, through females, by the jyuke of Newcastle and Lord Clinton. Visit. Warwick, 1563). Az. a pale betw. two eagles displ. ar., quartering, Ar. on a chief az. two fleurs-de-lis or, for Clinton, of Baddesley; and Ar. three fleurs-de-lis betw. six crosslets fitchee sa., for St. Hillary, co. Warwick. Crest—On a ducal coronet or, a greyhound sejant ar.
14) (co. Worcester). Ar. on three bars gu. as many stags’ heads cabossed or, on a chief sa. a wolf pass. betw. two pheons of the third. Crest—A demi lion ramp. sa. holding betw. the paws a pheon or.
15) (Hopton Court, co. Salop). (Bristol, co. Gloucester). Barry of six or and sa. on a canton gu. a demi woodman with a club on his shoulder ppr. Crest—A squirrel sejant ppc. in the paws a nut or. Motto—Gardez bien.
16) (Newent, co. Gloucester). Ar. a pale engr. betw. two eagles displ. az.
17) Barry of four az. and ar. three bucks’ heads cabossed or, on a chief of the third a wolf pass. gu. betw. two annulets sa. Crest—A wolf’s head couped ar. collared sa. thereon three bezants betw. two branches of oak vert, fructed or.
18) Az. a fess betw. three wood pigeons (or martlets) ar.
19) Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three delves of the second.
20) Az. a chev. engr. erm. betw. three fleurs-de-lis ar.
21) Vert three holly leaves or.
22) Vert five holly leaves in saltire ar.
23) (Essex). Ar. on a bend cotised sa. three martlets of the field, a border engr. az.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Woodward Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Woodward Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
This popular last name originated in medieval times as an occupational name denoting a person who was a forester employed to look after the trees and game (deer, rabbits, etc.) in a particular forest, derived from the Olde English word wudu, meaning wood, and weard, meaning protector or guardian. The modern-day equivalent would be something along the lines of a park ranger. However, the woodward of the Middle Ages in Europe was protecting the King’s forest from poachers and hence was a well-respected position. One author described the position as follows: “An officer of the forest, whose charge is to look after the woods and vert there; his very name denotes his office; he must present all offences within his charge at the court of attachments, or swain-mote, to the chief foresters or verderers; and if he see or know any malefactors, or if he shall find any deer killed or hurt, he must acquaint a verderer thereof, and present the same at the next court of the forest. And by the law he must not walk with bow and arrows, but with a forest-bill or hatchet”.

Some come claim the name is Anglo-Saxon in origin. Others claim it came from Normandy, France during William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066 AD. Others claim they descended from Vikings who raided the coasts of the British Isles in the 800s AD.

It is said the family first established itself in Essex, England where a man named Commander Wadard was granted lands for fighting with King William at the Battle of Hastings. It is claimed Wadard helped organize the army at Saint Valery in preparation for the invasion, and that he advised William of the Saxon King Harold’s approach. From him descended Henry and Simon Wadard who were lords of manors in Essex in 1278 AD.

An article titled “The Woodard Name” by William Thaddeus Woodward Jr. states the following, as published in the book Woodard Footprints by Merle Woodward Safford: “From an old deed of estate conveyance found in the Archives of the Island Church of Barfleur, Normandy we learn that a family of notes Sea Kings of Elsinor A.D. 912 named Vidarvarde, equipped ten ships for the service of Rollo, First Duke of Normandy, that for gallant sea service to said Prince on the Normandy coast, Ruark Vidarvarde head of said family was granted the Demuese of Chase De La Montague, Val de Saar, Normandy, where the family loved in opulence and high esteem up to the Norman invasion of England (1066 AD). The name of this ancient Anglo-Norman family up to 1066 AD was spelled Du Boisgarde having been translated from Norse spelling to Norman French. We learn from the research of John Thorpe an authoritative Herald of Duddleston Manor, Warwickshire (England) that a Knight and Armiger of said family passed to England in the Garde DuCorps of William the Conqueror (in 1066). That for valorous service at the Battle of Hastings, the two Gentleman At Arms, namely Guilliamme and Richard DuBoisgarde were chartered under Royal seal of the Conqueror William the First, to the Manors of Shevington, and Standish, County of Lancaster and that in the Deed of Conveyance thereof, they had their names Du Boisgarde Anglicized to Wodewarde (or Woodward) such being the literal translation. They had the honor of having their names enrolled among those of the 648 Knights whose names were preserved on the tapestry hung by William the Conqueror in the Battle Abbey, which he built to commemorate the Battle of Hastings.ii In the Doomsday Book or Census taken by the Conqueror, the name was Anglicized at first with the spelling Wodeward and Wodward and finally became Woodward, the literal significance of the name being Warden of the Woods or forest. Richard Woodward in the year 1415 at the Battle of Agincourt, (Oct. 25, 1415) so notably distinguished himself for great tactical skill and vigor, as to call forth the King’s (Henry V, 1413–22) heartfelt thanks in a speech before the Army at Windsor. At the close of the campaign His Majesty presented the gallant Knight with a shield of gold, bearing the family Arms but with a new motto name, Suave et Brave (Gentle and brave). The Crest also on the shield was changed from the old ‘Greyhound Sejant’ to a Coronet mounted by a Greyhound. The Coronet in Heraldry signifying the Soul of Honor, the greyhound sign of alertness, vigilance, and fidelity; and the armine in the upper quarter of the Coat, a sign of Purity in the Magistry. recorded at Standish Hall County of Lancaster by Government under Commission called ‘Herald Visitation’ attested at Heralds office Tower of London in the year 1520. From Armorial Families by Fox-Davies published Edinburgh, Scotland by T. C. and E. C. Jack Publishing Company in 1895 Page 1058—Woodward: the Reverend John Woodard, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Rector of St. Mary’s Church, Montrose, uses Armorial bearings, azure on a pale between two Eagles displayed argent. These arms were granted by Cooke, Clarenceaux, King of Arms, in the year 1520 to John Woodward of Avon Dasset in the County of Warwick and were confirmed with quarterings in the year 1563 at the visitation of the County by the Deputies of Camden, Clarencieux King of Arms to Thomas Woodward of Butlers Marston and since that date no pedigree of the family has been placed upon record at the College of Arms”

The website Woodward family history offers the following origin story and explanation of the family motto: “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

Surname Spelling variants
Spelling or names with similar etymologies include Wudeward, Woodwards, Woodard, Wadard, Wodeward, Wodewarde, Woddeword, and Woodwoard.

Woodward Family Mottoes
I have identified two Woodward family mottoes, translated from Latin and French into English:
1) Virtus semper valet (Virtue always avails)
2) Gardez bien (Watch well)

Early Bearers of the Woodward Surname
The first known bearers of this surname was Sewhal le Wudeward who was documented in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire in 1208 AD. Ralph de Wodeward was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Hertfordshire in 1230 AD. Roger le Wodeward was documented in England sometime between 1216-1307 AD. The Hundred Rolls of 1273 AD, a census of Wales and England, known in Latin as Rotuli Hundredorum lists two bearers of this surname: Aylward le Wodeward (Essex) and Adam le Wodeward (Oxfordshire). Elias le Wudeward was recorded in Lancashire in the Assize Rolls in 1246 AD. Richard le Wodeward was recorded in Sussex in 1292 AD. William le Wodewarde was recorded in Somerset around 1327 AD. The Poll Tax Rolls of Yorkshire in 1379 AD also list one bearer: Johannes Woddeword.

Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Woodward ranks 875th popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following four states: Wyoming (319th), New Hampshire (369th), Nevada (401st), and Nebraska (436th).

The surname Woodward frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (243rd), Scotland (1,554th), Wales (250th), Ireland (4,561st) and Northern Ireland (2,274th).

In England, it ranks highest in counties Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Warwickshire. In Scotland, the surname ranks highest in Highland. In Ireland, it ranks highest in Connaught. In Wales, it ranks highest in Blaenau Gwent. The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world: Canada (1,510th), New Zealand (481st), Australia (488th), and South Africa (9,429th).

In his 1890 book, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, Henry Brougham Guppy, states the following in regard to this last name: “This ancient name is mostly confined to the midlands, being best represented in Worcestershire, Derbyshire, and also, but to a less extent, in most of the counties adjacent to them. It is absent or rare in southern England, south of a line joining the mouths of the Thames and the Severn; and it is similarly infrequent or not permanently established in northern England, north of Yorkshire. The Woodwards, or “forest – keepers,” the Wodewards of the Hundred Rolls, were, in the reign of Edward I., numerous in Essex and Oxfordshire, where the surname still remains, and they were also at that time represented in Bucks”.

Woodward Family Tree & Woodward Genealogy

Woodward of Arley Castle
Robert Woodward was an Esquire of Arley Castle, county Stafford, and The Manor House, Birlingham, Pershore, county Worcester, and a Justice of the Peace born in 1801. In 1839, he married Mary, daughter of William Hall Esq. of Ryall’s Court, and had issue with her as follows: 1) Robert (M.A. of Exeter College Oxford, Barrister-at-Law, Justice of the Peace, married Mary Jane Turner in 1874, had children named Robert, Mary Ophelia, and Katharine Isabel), 2) Reverend William Alexander (married Mar Cecilia FitzHerbert of Warsop in 1860, had issue named Helen Mary, Ethel Cecilia, Winifred Grace, and Averil Alexandra), 3) Alfred (Lieutenant of the 12th Regiment), 4) Chares James (married Isabella Stewart), 5) Reverend Herbert Hall (M.A. Corpus Christi College Oxon), and 6) Edith Mary.  He was the son of William Woodward Esq. of Manor House, Birlingham, co. Worcester and Mary Smith. He was the grandson of William Woodward Esq. His brothers and sisters include: 1) William (married and had three sons and three daughters), 2) Thomas (married twice and had three sons and one daughter), 3) Francis (married twice, had three sons and two daughters), 4) Joseph (married and had two sons and five daughters), 5) George (had one son), and 6) Mary. The Woodward coat of arms for this branch of the Woodward family tree is blazoned in the medieval European art of heraldry as follows: Vert, five oak-leaves in saltire or. Crest: A dexter arm embowed in armor holding a falchion all proper.

Woodward of Hopton Court
The Woodward genealogy of this branch of the family tree begins with a family seated at Shavington, parish of Standish, county Lancaster, England, c. 1531 AD. Augustine Woodward was baptized in Standish Church and became a merchant in Liverpool, England. In 1714, he married Mary, daughter of C. Beeley of Cheadle and had three daughters and sons named Augustine, Alexander, Thomas, and Samuel. His son, Augustine Woodward of Liverpool, was born in 1725. He married Sarah, daughter of Richard Golightly Esq. of Liverpool, and had issue with her as follows: 1) Richard (married Margaret Hayward of Whitchurch, had issue), 2) Thomas (discussed below), 3) Alexander (in 1788, married Catherine …verend, had issue), 4) Augustine (married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of George Panter Esq. of Brisol, had issue), 5) Sarah, 6) Margaret, 7) Sarah, and two others. His second son, Thomas Woodward, of Her Majesty’s Customs, was born in 1764. In 1803, he married Sarah, daughter of William Skel…, and had issue with her as follows: 1) Augustine Samuel (married Elizabeth Clough, had issue), 2)William Skelhorne, 3) Reverend Thomas (discussed below), 4) William Skelhorne, 5) Reverend Alexander (A.M. St. Cath Coll. Cambridge, sometimes Rector of Hopton Waters), 6) Sarah (married Samuel Clough Esq. of Liverpool, had issue), 7) Margaret, and 8) Mary. The second son, Reverend Thomas Woodward, of St. John’s Coll. Cambridge, Rector of Hopton Wafers, and Justice of the Peace, was born in 1808. In 1835, he married Anne, daughter of Samuel Clough of Liverpool, and had issue as follows: Thomas (discussed below), Reverend Samuel (Rector of Hopton Wafers, in 1872, married Ellen Mary Pardoe of Purslow Hall), Robert (served in the Royal Navy, married Mary Catherine Boxer of Jamaica, had sons named Robert Stopford and Walter Egerton), William, Charles (married Maria, daughter of J. Craddock, Esq. of New Zealand), Arthur, Anne Augusta, Lucy (married Reverend Alfred James, Rector of Burwarton), and Elizabeth. The eldest son, Thomas Woodward was an Esquire of Hopton Court and a Justice of the Peace born in 1836. In 1864, he married Mary, daughter of Reverend Ambrose Goode of Terrington. The Woodward family crest is blazoned as follows: Barry of six or and sable on a canton gules a demi-wood-man with a club on his shoulders proper. Crest: A squirrel sejant proper in the paws a nut or. Motto: Gardez bien. This family was seated at Hopton Court, Cleobury-Mortimer, Salop.

Woodward of Drumbarrow
Reverend Charles Woodward married, in 1764, Esther Wade and had a son with her named Henry. Henry Woodward, Esquire of Drumbarrow, married, in 1800, Sarah Catherine, daughter of Robert Wade of Clonabraney, and had issue with her as follows: Robert (discussed below), Henry Thomas (married Esther Woodward and had two sons and three daughters), William Edward (married Mary Jane Mayo and had one son and five daughters), and Susanna-Maria (married Robert Battersby, Esq., M.D.). The successor of the family was the son Robert. Robert Woodward, Esquire of Drumbarrow, county Meath, Ireland, was born in 1805. The family motto is Virtus semper valet. The family was seated at Drumbarrow, county Meath, Ireland.

Woodward from Lancashire to Massachusetts
Lawrence Woodward was born c. 1515 AD. His son Henry was born c. 1535 AD. Henry had a son named William. This William Woodward was born in Childwell Parish, Lancashire, England c. 1559 AD. He married Elizabeth (last name not known) and had a son with her named Richard. Richard Woodward was born in Childwell Parish, England in 1589. He was a miller by trade. In 1614, he married Rose, daughter of Thomas Stewart and Frances Betts. He came to colonial America aboard the Elizabeth in 1634. His second wife was named Elizabeth Truesdale. Geni.com states the following in regard to Richard: “He is listed in town records as one of the earliest proprietors. In 1642, he had a homestead of 12 acres and was grantee of an additional nine acres. By 1644, he had acquired (either by grant or by purchase) about 39 acres of present-day Boston. He gave or sold 10 acres to his son George, and another 39 acres situated in the Little Plain was sold to John Whitney, whose grandson later married George’s granddaughter. On September 8, 1648, Richard Woodward — now of Boston — purchased a mill in Boston from Edward and Ann Holbrook, which he sold on December 26 to William Aspinwall”. He had three sons: George “Samuel”, John Sr., and Joshua. Two of his sons are discussed as follows:

1) George “Samuel” Woodward was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England in 1619. He went to colonial America with his father. He married twice: Mary, daughter of Joseph Gibson, and Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel Hammond. He was the father of the following children: Mary, Sarah, Amos, Captain John Woodward Sr., Susanna, Daniel, Mercy, Elizabeth, George II, Thomas, Nathaniel, and Sarah. His son, Captain John Woodward Sr. was born in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1649. He had the following issue: Ebenezer, John, Richard, Rebecca, Susanna, Daniel, Rebecca, Mary, Johnathon, John IV, Joseph, Abigail, John, and Benoni.

2) John Woodward Sr. was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England in 1619. He went to colonial America with his father. He married twice: Mary, daughter of Thomas White, and Abigail, daughter of John Benjamin. He was the father of the following children: Hannah, Rose, Abigail, and John Jr. His son John Woodward Jr. was born in Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1661. He married Susannah, daughter of Captain John Grout Jr., and had two sons with her: John III and Daniel.

Marriages of Woodwards
1) John Woodward married Jone Barnes in Filby, Norfolk, England in April 1580
2) Margery Woodward married John Heape in Cubley, Derbyshire, England in July 1592
3) Agnes Woodward married Nicholas Rawlyn in St. Mary’s, Watford, Hertford, England in October 1559
4) Williams Woodward married Elisabethe Angell in St. Benedicts, Huntingdon, England in 1609
5) Thomas Woodward married Christiana Anthonye in Nonington, Kent, England in 1610
6) Edward Woodward married Rebecca Earle in England in July 1762
7) William Woodward married Ann Nutt in Fallsington, Pennsylvania in March 1746
8) Benjamin Woodward married Dorkas Clemmons in Chalrton, Massachusetts in March 1776
9) Samuel Woodward married Eunice Biglow in Sutton, Massachusetts in November 1771
10) Isaac Woodward married Mary Ann Owens in Hocking, Ohio in December 1828
11) John Woodward married Mary M. Dumphy in Calhoun, Michigan in 1838
12) Paul Ralph Woodward married Testamiar Desmond in St. Clair, Michigan in 1852

Early American and New World Settlers
Some of the earliest settlers in colonial America bearing this name include:
1) Christopher Woodward, age 30, came to Virginia aboard the Tryall in 1620
2) Henery or Henrie Woodward came to Virginia aboard the Diana c. 1621
3) Rose Woodward, age 50, came to Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
4) Richard Woodward, age 45, along with sons George and John, came to New England aboard the Elizabeth of Ipswich in 1634
6) Christopher Woodward, age 30, came to Virginia in 1624
7) George Woodward, age 35, a fishmonger, came to Boston, MA aboard the Hopewell in 1635
8) William Woodward came to Virginia in 1618
9) Christopher Woodward came to Virginia in 1620
10) John Woodward, age 13, came to New England in 1634
11) Richard Woodward came to Virginia in 1622
12) Mary Woodward came to Virginia in 1624
13) Nathaniel Woodward came to Boston, MA in 1630
14) James Woodward came to Watertown, MA in 1631
15) Walter Woodward came to Plymouth, MA in 1633
16) Ralph Woodward came, with wife Mary and daughter, to Hingham, MA in 1636
17) Margarett Woodward came to Virginia in 1637
18) Henry Woodward came to Virginia in 1638
19) Peter Woodward came to Dedham, MA in 1642
20) Samuell Woodward came to Virginia in 1650

Several thousand members of the Woodward family came to the United States through Ellis Island, during the nineteenth century, including:
1) George Woodward came from England aboard the City of Brussels in 1871
2) Mary Woodward came from England aboard the Great Western in 1871
3) James Woodward came from England aboard the Britannic in 1880
4) John Woodward came from England aboard the Calabria in 1870
5) James Woodward came from England aboard the SS Celtic in 1874
6) George Woodward came from Scotland aboard the Anglia in 1870
7) Richard Woodward came from Scotland aboard the Devonia in 1879
8) Richard Woodward came from German aboard the City of Montreal in 1878
9) John Woodward came from England aboard the Abyssinia in 1881
10) Ellen Woodward came from Scotland aboard the Devonie in 1879
11) Helen Woodward came from England aboard the Alaska in 1887
12) William A. Woodward came from England aboard Wyoming in 1881

Some of the earliest settlers in Canada bearing this name include:
1) Nantahnael Woodward came (from Rhode Island) to Nova Scotia in 1760
2) Robert Woodward came (from Rhode Island) to Nova Scotia in 1760
3) John Woodward, age 35, a merchant by trade, came to Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the Frederick in 1834
4) Dewitt Clinton Woodward came in 1840
5) Jessee Smith Woodward came in 1840
6) Joseph Woodward came to Boat Harbour, Newfoundland in 1860
7) Mr. Woodward came to Quebec in 1814

Some of the earliest settlers in Australia bearing this name include:
1) John Woodward and Ann Woodward came to South Australia aboard the Brankenmoor in 1849
2) C. Woodward came to Adelaide aboard the Calphurnia in 1849
3) Emma Woodward came to Adelaide aboard the Jenny Lind in 1850
4) William Woodward came to Adelaide aboard the Hibernia in 1851
5) Richard Woodward, age 7, came to South Australia in 1860
6) George Woodward, age 3, came to South Australia in 1860
7) Charles Woodward, age 31, came to Adelaide in 1865

Some of the earliest settlers in New Zealand bearing this name include:
1) J. Woodward came to Wellington aboard the Bolton in 1840
2) Samuel Woodward, age 27, a carpenter and toolmaker by trade, came to Wellington aboard the Duke of Roxburgh in 1840
3) Rose Woodward, age 17, came to Wellington aboard the Duke of Roxburgh in 1840
4) Eleanor Woodward, age 28, a dressmaker by trade, came to Nelson aboard the Olympus in 1842
5) Robert Woodward, age 23, a blacksmith by trade, came to Nelson aboard the Olympus in 1842
6) Abraham Woodward came from Cornwall, England, a farmer by trade, to Canterbury aboard the Rakaia in 1874
7) Stephen Woodward, a farmer by trade, came from Kent, England to Canterbury aboard the Geraldine Paget

Grantees of Arms
1) Woodward of Dean, county Gloucester, 1420 AD
2) George Woodward of Upton, Bucks, gentleman, agift at London 26 April 1527 by Wriothesley, Gart., and Benolte.
3) John Woodward of Avon Dassett, county Warwick, England, by Cooke
4) John and Richard Woodward of London, brethren, parent 13 February 1578-9 by Cooke
5) Woodward, late Andrews, Richard, of county Warwick, Worcester, and Northampton, 1796
6) Woodward to Lee-Warner, Daniel Henry, of county Norfolk and Somerset, 5 March 1806
7) Woodward, and Margaret, daughter of Nathaniel Howorth, his wife, of county Somerset, and Little Walsingham, county Norfolk, 5 March 1806
8) Amy Woodward, late Andrews, widow of Thomas Andrews of county Warwick, London, and Honton and Islington, county Middlesex, England, 1820
9) Woodward, late Andrews, Anne Catherine (Spr.), of Hoxton and Islington, county Middlesex, and Butler’s Marston, county Warwick, 1853
10) late Atkins, widow, of London; St. Lawrence, Jersey, and Butler’s Marston, county Warwick, 1853
11) Julia Lucy Woodward, daughter of Richard, of the Knoll, Clevedon, county Somerset, 1897
12) Laurence Woodward, 1800s

Notables
There are hundreds of notable people with the Woodward surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include:
1) Augustus Brevoort Woodward (1774-1827) was the first Chief Justice of the Michigan Territory from 1805 to 1827, and the Chief Justice of the Florida Territory from 1824-1827, born in New York, of Flemish and English ancestry, best known as one of the founders of the University of Michigan and for the role he played in the reconstruction of Detroit after the fire of 1805
2) Lieutenant General Sir Eric Winslow Woodward (1899-1967) was an Australian military officer and viceroy, born in Hay, New South Wales, who served as the 31st Governor of New South Wales from 1957-1965 and also served in World War II
3) George Washington Woodward (1809-1875) was a member of the US House of Representatives for Pennsylvania from 1867-1971, born in Bethany, PA, educated at Hobart College
4) James G. Woodward (1845-1923) was a newspaperman who served as the Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia three times between 1899-1927
5) Joseph Addison Woodward (1806-1885) was a US Representative from South Carolina from 1843-1853, having previousl served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1834-1835 and 1840-1841
6) Neil W. Woodward III (1962) is an American naval officer and former NASA astronaut, born in Chicago Illinois
7) Orpheus Saegar Woodward (1835-1919) as an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, born in Erie, Pennsylvania, who fought at the Battle of Malvern Hill, Battle of Chancellorsville, Battle of Gettysburg, and others, before he was appointed Brevet Brigadier General in 1866
8) William Woodward was a member of the US House of Representatives for South Carolina from 1815-1817
9)  Robert Burns Woodward (1917-1979) was an American chemist born in Boston, Massachusetts who is considered one of the most respected chemists of the 1900s, having made contributions to organic chemistry
10) Robert Upshur Woodward (1943) is an investigative journalist born in Geneva, Illinois, best known for helping with breaking the Watergate scandal while working for the Washington Post in 1972
11) Henry Woodward was a Canadian inventor whose work helped lead to the development of the incandescent lamp
12) William Frederick “Woody” Woodward (1942) was a professional baseball player from Miami, Florida who played in the MLB from 1963-1971, and then went on to become a manager of the Seattle Mariners
13) Johnny Woodward (1947) was an English soccer (football) player from Stoke-on-Trent who played professionally from 1964-1977 for several different teams including Stoke City and Aston Villa

Woodward America Civil War Veterans
There were several soldiers with the last name Woodward who served in the American Civil War, including the following:
1) Ezekiel B. Woodward of the 136th Regiment Ohio Infantry (Union)
2) Frank J. Woodward of the 9th Regiment Illinois Cavalry (Union)
3) Alvin M. Woodward of the 3rd Regiment Vermont Infantry (Union)
4) Daniel H. Woodward of the 23rd Regiment Maine Infantry (Union)
5) Richard M. Woodward of the 6th Regiment West Virginia Cavalry (Union)
6) George Henry Woodward of the 83rd Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry (Union)
7) Albert A. Woodward of the 23rd Regiment Virginia Cavalry (Confederacy)
8) James M. Woodward of the 21st Regiment South Carolina Infantry (Confederacy)
9) Littleton H. Woodward of the 2nd Regiment Florida Cavalry (Confederacy)
10) Josiah P. Woodward of the 6th Regiment Texas Infantry (Confederacy)
11) Hiram N. Woodward of the 6th Regiment Missouri Cavalry (Confederacy)
12) James Woodward of the 22nd Regiment Tennessee Cavalry (Confederacy)
13) George B. Woodward of the 4th Regiment Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Confederacy)
14) George S. Woodward of the 1st Special Battalion Louisiana Infantry (Confederacy)

Woodward America Revolution Veterans
There were several soldiers with the last name Woodward who served in the Revolutionary War, including the following:
1) Private Daniel Woodward of Massachusetts
2) Private Eliphalet Woodward of New Hampshire
3) Corporal Micajah Woodward of Virginia
4) Private Stephen Woodward of Connecticut
5) Corporal William Woodward of Virginia
6) Abel Woodward of New Hampshire
7) Abraham Woodward of Connecticut
8) Private Charles Woodward of Virginia
9) Private Daniel Woodward of New York
10) David Woodward of Rhode Island
11) Private Deliverance Woodward of New Hampshire
12) Private Eleazar Woodward of New Hampshire
13) Gideon Woodward of Connecticut
14) James Woodward of Maryland
15) Private James Woodward of Virginia
16) Private Jesse Woodward of Virginia
17) Lieutenant John Woodward of Massachusetts

Woodward Coat of Arms Meaning

See glossary for symbol meaning.

1 Comment

  • Andrew woodward says:

    My name is Andrew Woodward and i was looking for my coat of arms but so many coat of arms is coming up so I’m wondering which is the true coat of arms for the Woodward family

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