Woods Name Study

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How to Join

Please contact the project leader Tony Woods or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname, Woods.

The purpose of this study is to work together to find a links between family units using traditional and/or DNA research.

Together, we can ensure the Woods profiles here are properly sourced, adopted and linking other family members where appropriate to help build a more complete picture of the Woods on Wikitree.

To help this you could add this category to a profile. You can add [[Category:Woods Name Study]] or the One Name Study template (which will add the category automatically).

{{One Name Study|name=Woods}}

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This profile is part of the Woods Name Study.

Woods in Ireland

I created the Woods ONS so I could work on this side project, researching the Woods surname in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, my paternal links. My father is from County Antrim but his father, uncles & aunts are from the Kilmore Parish area in County Armagh. I'm currently creating profiles for Woods families originating or living within County Armagh, researching from 1864 up to early 1900s, in line with available on line records. See the Armagh_Woods project for further. Woods from County Armagh.

I'd like to expand to other Counties within Ireland as time permits and of course if others have an interest in this project, would welcome any assistance and collaboration.


There is an ONS project looking into the surname WOOD created by Rodney Wood If that's more your lineage, have a look there, they are looking at variants to the surname as well, like Woods and Wode. Wood Name Study

Woods ONS Task List

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  • Work cooperatively together with other Woods profile managers to create the best Woods tree possible.
  • Add the add the {{One Name Study|name=Woods}} template to profiles.
  • Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources to Woods profiles.
  1. Biographies:
    • We need to make sure that each Woods on WikiTree has a narrative biography containing all the genealogically relevant facts about them (birth, marriage, and death at the very least). For information on biographies, see the Biographies help page.
  2. Categories:
    • We need to make sure that each Woods on WikiTree has the appropriate categories applied to their profile. For information on categories, see the Categorization help page and the Categorization Project.
  3. Connecting:
  4. Merging:
    • We need to merge any duplicate profiles for the same person into one profile for that person. For information on merging profiles, see the Merging help page.
  5. Sourcing:
    • We need to have sources for all the profiles on WikiTree. Specifically, we need at least one (and preferably more) sources added for all the Unsourced Woods profiles on WikiTree. (This can count towards the Sourcerers Challenge if you're feeling competitive.) For information on sourcing profiles, see the Sources help page and the Sourcerers Project.
      • Progress: 13,876/14,8291 profiles = 93.6%
  6. Woods in Wikipedia:
    • We need to make sure that all deceased Woods with Wikipedia entries have profiles on WikiTree, and are sourced and connected to the main tree.
      • Progress:
        • added: 26/1282 profiles = 20.3%
        • sourced: 16/26 profiles = 61.5%
        • connected: 16/26 profiles = 61.5%
Name Birth Death Notable As Sourced?3 Connected?4
Charles Albert Woods18521925 Judge Yes Yes
Edward Woods18141903 Engineer Yes Yes
George Woods18981963 Artist No No
George Austin Woods18281905 Premier of Viti Yes Yes
George Lemuel Woods18321890 Governor of Oregon Yes Yes
Henry Woods17571826 Politician No Yes
Ilene Woods19292010 Voice of Cinderella Yes Yes


The surnames Wood and Woods may have either been an English or Scottish implant or an anglicization of the Gaelic word coill meaning wood. The name Woods have mostly been found in the Ulster counties, the Woods spelling is more common in Ireland than in England.


  • The Woods surname is derived from the Middle English word "wode," meaning "wood," which suggests that the original bearer of the name lived near a wood, or was perhaps employed as a woodcutter or forester.


  • The surname Woods comes from the Irish "O Cuill," meaning hazel. Because of the similarity between "cuill" and "coill" meaning wood, the surname was often translated into Woods.


  • Woods is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Woods family lived in Leicestershire. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word wode, meaning wood, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood.

Woods family research on the web

WikiTree Resources

Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages link at the top right of pages.

  • House of Names: Woods Crests, Coat of Arms, and Name History Note: a bunch of sites selling coats of arms use this version, but Burke's General Armory lists six different coats of arms for different Woods individuals, so your line may be associated with a different coat of arms (or none at all, if you can't demonstrate descent from one of the people who were awarded coats of arms).
  • Internet Surname Dababase: Woods
  • Wikipedia: Woods (surname) including a list of notable people named Woods with articles on Wikipedia that you could add under "See also:" if you happen to be working on one of those profiles.


  1. This number is derived by subtracting the number of Woods profiles which are tagged as Unsourced from the total of Woods on WikiTree, so it's not necessarily accurate, since tagging is a manual procedure.
  2. This number is derived by taking the 283 people with a surname of Woods listed on Wikipedia, and subtracting 17 entries where Woods is not their Last Name At Birth, 15 fictional characters, and 123 living people.
  3. "Sourced?" asks whether this profile has any source(s) other than Wikipedia. If you can find another source for notable Woods who does not have any other sources, please add it to that profile (then edit this page to put "Yes" in that cell).
  4. "Connected?" asks whether this person's profile has been connected to the main tree. If you see links at the bottom of the profile listing how many degrees that person is from the profiles of the week, then their profile is connected to the main tree. (If so, please edit this page to put "Yes" in that cell.)


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I found this Woods in association with my family. I added him to the Woods Name study.



Michael woods 1849 Armagh

First wife was Catherine McCreesh born 1852 They married on 21/2/1884 at crossmaglen. Witnesses,James Comisky and Kate McCreesh,Catherine Died 4/1/1885 in Armagh Lived at Cornonagh.

posted by [Living Beer]
Hi! I added a redirect for Project:Woods - the link for the button on the Woods Surname page - so that it comes to this page.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett