Where Does The Surname Woodard Originate?


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The name Woodard is of English origin and the name came to England after the Norman Conquest. The name was initially used by people who were foresters. The name was derived form the old English words ‘wode’ which means wood and ‘ward’ which means guardian or the guardian of the woods. The family with this name was first found to be living in Essex and their motto was ‘virtue is always flourishing’.

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