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This surname, recorded in the modern spellings of Woodford, Woodforde and Woodsford, is of Scottish and English locational origin. It derives either from 'The lands of Woodford', thus called in the parish of St. Boswells, Roxburghshire, Scotland, or from the villages called variously in the early registers Woodford or Woodsford, in the counties of Cheshire, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Essex and Northamptonshire. In all cases the surname derives from the Old English pre 7th Century "wuda" meaning a wood, plus "forda" - a shallow river crossing, or occasionally a bridge. The surname is first recorded in Scotland in the latter half of the 12th Century, (see below) whilst the first namebearer in England was Daniel de Wudeford, recorded in the 1196 pipe rolls of Oxfordshire, and Geoffrey de Wodeforde was recorded in Somerset in the Hundred Rolls of the year 1273...

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