Has anyone any idea of the origins of the Woodburn name?
My interest in the Woodburns is indirect. I have compiled a family history of the Wedderburns, dating back to the 13th century.
In following up variations on the name, I came across Wadderburns, Widderburns, Wodderburns, even a Wudderburne.
The Wodderburns may be of interest to you. The first on record in Scotland was a marriage in 1589 of a 'Robert Wodderbwrne'. 25 or so were born/married/baptised between 1600 and 1630. A Woodburne marriage first appeared in 1611, then a gap until the 1650s when an increasing number of Woodburnes/Wodburns/Woodburns begin to appear.
It may just be a coincidence, but the emergence of the Woodburn name in Scotland certainly coincides with the disappearance of the Wodderburnes. Both names were to be found in southern Scotland by the way.
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