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Woodward Surname Origin
Wood-ward, a forest-keeper or officer, who walked with a forest-bill, and took cognizance of all offenses committed.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Woodward Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Woodward Family History Thought:
'We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.' --Ralph Waldo Emerson