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Woodruff Family History

Woodruff Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Old English wudurofe (a compound of wudu ‘wood’ with a second element of unknown origin). The leaves of the plant have a sweet smell and the surname may also have been a nickname for one who used it as a perfume, or perhaps an ironical nickname for a malodorous person.

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

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Name Distribution of Woodruff Families

  • Number of Woodruff families
     254 - 505
     85 - 253
     1 - 84
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Woodruff families
     210 - 418
     71 - 209
     1 - 70
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Woodruff last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Woodruff Family Origin

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Woodruff Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Woodruff

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Woodruff Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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