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Origin of the Woodburn name?
Posted by: Peter Garwood Date: March 23, 2001 at 00:07:00
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Has anyone any idea of the origins of the Woodburn name?

My interest in the Woodburns is indirect. I have compiled a family history of the Wedderburns, dating back to the 13th century.

In following up variations on the name, I came across Wadderburns, Widderburns, Wodderburns, even a Wudderburne.

The Wodderburns may be of interest to you. The first on record in Scotland was a marriage in 1589 of a 'Robert Wodderbwrne'. 25 or so were born/married/baptised between 1600 and 1630. A Woodburne marriage first appeared in 1611, then a gap until the 1650s when an increasing number of Woodburnes/Wodburns/Woodburns begin to appear.

It may just be a coincidence, but the emergence of the Woodburn name in Scotland certainly coincides with the disappearance of the Wodderburnes. Both names were to be found in southern Scotland by the way.

I have on file the complete Scottish records for the Wodburn/Woodburn etc name between 1611 and the end of the 1850s. Contact me direct at if anyone would like further information.

Peter Garwood

The Wedderburn Pages


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