Woodward Family History
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Woodward Name Meaning
occupational name for a forester employed to look after the trees and game in a forest, Middle English woodward (from the Old English elements mentioned at 2). perhaps also from an Old English personal name Wuduweard, composed of the elements wudu ‘wood’ + weard ‘guardian’, ‘protector’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press