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This interesting Scottish and Northern English surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from a number of places thus called. In Scotland, Woodburn is found in the former counties of Ayrshire, Kincardineshire and Midlothian, and in England it is found in Northumberland, and is recorded as "Wodeburn" in the Calendar of Documents relating to Scotland (1265). All places share the same meaning and derivation, which is from the Olde English pre 7th Century "wudu", wood, and "burna", stream; hence, "stream flowing through a wood".

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