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Woods Family HistoryRecorded 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...
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