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  • Alexander Binny Woodhead (1897 - 1983)
    NZ BDM Birth: # 2315 / 1897. Alexander Binny Woodhead. NZ BDM Marriage: # 8128 / 1921.Gwendoline Isabel Annie Tew. 1897 - 1982 NZ BDM Death: # 47925 / 1983. Alexander Binny Woodhead. Cremation: W...
  • Alexander Dalrymple of Woodhead (1747 - 1831)
    ALEXANDER DALRYMPLE OF WOODHEAD=== Alexander Dalrymple of Woodhead is the son of Alexander Dalrymple of Woodhead and his wife Mary Gray. He was born on 24 December 1747, probably at Woodhead, near Kirk...
  • Ann (Woodhead) Horden [Free Settler "Phoenix" 1825] (1794 - 1871)
    Ann WOODHEAD was born c1791Ann married Anthony HORDERN on 24/12/1817 at Bethnal Green, Middlesex, UK and they had the following children* Anthony 1819* John 1819* Elizabeth 1821* Thomas Gilbert 1824* L...
  • Charles Firth Woodhead (1854 - 1940)

About the Woodhead surname

This intriguing surname is of medieval English and Scottish origins. It was not a nickname, but residential and as such it described a person who either lived at a place called Woodhead, of which there are at least four examples in the British Isles, or it was topographical for somebody who lived at the head of a wood. It is is particularly well recorded in the county of Yorkshire, probably because of the village of Woodhead on the boundary with Cheshire. The derivation is from the Old English pre 7th century words "wudu", meaning a wood or forest, and "heafod", the head.

Amongst the early recordings was that of Abraham Woodhead (1609 - 1658). Educated at Oxford University, he was tutor to George Villiers (1627 - 1687), the second Duke of Buckingham, and one of the foremost rakes of his day, whilst in the surviving recordings of the city of London is that of William Woodhead, who married Margaret Birckhead on October 3rd 1686, at St. Lukes Chelsea. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Edward de Wodheved. This was dated 1243, in the Assize Court rolls of Somerset, 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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English (Yorkshire): From Middle English Wode ‘Wood’ + Hed Hedde ‘Head’ (Old English Wudu + Hēafod). The Surname May Be Topographic For Someone Who Lived At Or Near The Top Or Edge Of A Wood Or Habitational From One Of The Many Places So Named Such As Wood Head In Barkisland (Yorkshire) Woodhead In Tintwistle (Cheshire) Or Woodhead In Great Casterton (Rutland).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

The surname Woodhead was first found in West Yorkshire likely at Burley Woodhead, a hamlet now in the City of Bradford. Little is known of the origin of the hamlet other than it probably dates back to about c. 1200 when it was listed as Burcheleia. Today the village Burley in Wharfedale is adjoined by Burley Woodhead. As far as the surname, the first reference was in the year 1316 when Christina Wodhead held estates in that shire.