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Origin and popularity of the name WOOD

Origin

Wood : 1: English: mainly a topographic name for someone who lived in or by a wood from Middle English wode ‘wood’ (Old English wudu). In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages such as French Bois and Dubois and Polish Les.2: English: in a few cases a nickname for an eccentric or perhaps a violent person from Middle English wode ‘frenzied wild’ (Old English wōd).3: In some cases also an Americanized form of French Gadbois and Houde.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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Geographic distribution of the 322,592 individuals with the name WOOD on Geneanet.

 

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    (3,243 individuals)
    wbuchanan
    (2,070 individuals)
    krisgenealogist
    (1,855 individuals)
    tdowling
    (1,477 individuals)

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    Variants of name WOOD

    WOODS WODE HEWITT-WOODS