Last name: Woods

Recorded as Woods, Woodson, Woodison, Woodeson and Wooderson, this is a venerable English surname. It is a patronymic of early medieval origin. In most cases it was a topographical surname for the son of a person who lived in a wood, or as an occupational surname it described the son of a woodcutter or forester. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century word "wudu". Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. Hereditary occupational surnames took longer to become established, and usually did so when a son followed his father into the same job or profession. In this case the surname was first recorded in the mid 13th century and early recordings include: John del Wode of Yorkshire in 1274; John Atewode of Essex in the same year; Elias in le Wode of Cambridgeshire in 1279, and William Bythewode of Sussex in 1296. Other examples of early recordings include Alex Woodson of Cheshire in the register of Oxford University in 1565, George Wooddeson, who married Mary Balston at Canterbury, in 1674, and John Wooderson, who married Ann Oliver at St George's Chapel, Hanover Square, Westminster, in the year 1803. The first recorded spelling of the family name is possibly that of Walter de la Wode. This was dated 1242, in the Book of Fees for the county of Herefordshire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd of England, 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Pamela Woods
my fathers family all come from south wales

SherriWerner
my family is from ireland we are now in west virgina my great, great grandfather is john woods would love to fine family still in ireland

Aubrey Charles Woods
Interesting from Derbyshire ,

Colette Woods
good to c there are so many of us around,dont know where the name comes from, my ancestors hail from a little village in Co Clare (Inagh).

Kimberly Woods
Mine come from County Clare in Ireland.

Anthony Woods
I'm a Woods living in Clare. Village called Clonlara in East Clare. Good few Woods' here

johnny woods
Joe. I would say English, irish or maybe Scottish. I take it that your ancestors where settlers from one of them three places?

Joe Woods
Interesting to read all of this. I have no idea where the family really comes from. When I ask a few relatives, no one knows and you get different answers. Some say English, Irish, French (?), Scottish, etc... My family is from Georgia and has been here for a very long time. Most live in the Savannah area. Other than that, no clue. Any ideas?

Ashley Culbertson (Woods)
Oh also Im pretty sure I have English, Scottish and a whole bunch of other in my family off of the Woods side

Ashley
My moms maiden name is Woods and my grandfather was Billie Taylor Woods from Alvia Barzella Woods and I was doing a geneaology project for school to find all this out! This site was really helpful. Thank you

catherine kerr
thank u for all ur comments i guess i will never know where my father came from in Ireland

Ernie Savage
The name is common in Ireland and there seems no particular area of concentration. It may well have been a translation as the following from a site maintained by eircom suggests : In appearance at least, Woods, together with Wood, is of course an English name, denoting a person who lived near a wood or, in some cases, a woodcutter. In Ireland however, the majority of those bearing the surname are of native Irish extraction. The Irish for a wood is coille, plural coillte, any many Irish names containing elements which sounded similar in untutored English ears were mistranslated as 18Woods 19. Among such names are Mac Giolla Comhghaill ( 18MacIlhoyle 19/ 19Coyle 19), 18son of the follower of St Comall 19, found in Donegal and Monaghan. Mac an Choiligh ( 18MacQuilly 19/ 19Magilly 19), 18son of the cock 19, from Co Roscommon; Mac Giolla Chomghaile ( 18MacElhone 19), 18son of the follower of St Comgan 19 in Co Tyrone, and Mac Caoilte ( 18Quilty 19) in Munster. The only family whose surnames actually did contain coill were the Mac Conchoille, 18son of the hound of the wood 19, who were also anglicised phonetically as MacEnhill. They were based near Omagh in Co Tyrone. The former Woods is more than ten times commoner in Ireland than in England and Wales.

Scott Woods
Thank you! North of Boston. Marblehead, Ma.

catherine woods
i am looking for information regarding Robert Emmett Woods I am going Ireland and would like to find out some information regarding the place where the WOODs hail from in Ireland. I do not have any information but I know the name may be popular in a certain part of Ireland. I am from New York and my father was born in Manhattan any info would be helpful thank you

Leilani Woods
thats interesting Douglas i know that my surname comes from my Grandfather who was Irish, however both his forename and surname are both original to olde english hahaha i just find it quiet amusing

Douglas Scot Woods
Woods: The "s" was added to separate the "Scottish" Wood's from the "English" Wood's