Woodard Family History
Woodard Name Meaning
English:: from the Norman Old French personal name Odard Udard Middle English Wodard Wudard. It derives from the ancient Germanic name Authard Othard Odard composed of the elements aud- ‘riches' + hard- ‘hard bold’. occupational name from Middle English wode ‘wood’ + herde ‘herd’ (Old English wudu + hierde) for a person who tended animals pastured in woodland. post-medieval pronunciation of Woodward .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022