The surname Woods is of English and Scottish origin.The name signifies dweller at the wood.It was in the overwhelming majority of cases a topographical name for someone who lived by or in a wood.It could also be an occupational name for a woodcutter or forester;derived from the Middle English ‘wode’ wood (Old English ‘wudu’).It could also be a nickname for a mad,eccentric or violent person from the Middle English ‘wod’ mad,frenzied (Old English,’wad’).A Middle Ages example is that of Adam le Wode,’Adam the Mad’.Though this is much less common than the local origin.Shakespeare’s a Midsummers Night’s Dream:”And here am I,and ‘wood’ within this wood.”The name dates back to the twelfth century were a Walter de la Wode is recorded in historical archives.The name was common in every medieval register within England.The name was brought to America by English and Scottish immigrants.A Rear-Admiral of the American Armada bore this name,Spencer Shepard Wood,who was commander of the U.S.S Oklahoma.One of the first fore fathers to bring this name … Coat of arms: Gules a ch…
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