WOOD - Name Meaning & Origin

WOOD Surname Meaning & Origin:

1) Originally used to describe a person who lived in or worked in a wood or forest. Derived from Middle English wode, meaning "wood."

2) Possibly derived from the Old English wad, meaning crazed or crazy, the name was sometimes used to describe someone considered mad or violent.

3) An ancient Scottish surname, first called De Bosco, because the family bore trees in their coat of arms.

Wood is the 75th most popular surname in the United States. Ward is also popular in England, coming in as the 26th most common surname.

Surname Origin:

English, Scottish

Alternate Surname Spellings:


Genealogy Resources for the Surname WOOD:

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WOOD Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - WOOD Genealogy
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WOOD Surname & Family Mailing Lists
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Cousin Connect - WOOD Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - WOOD Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Wood.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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