Woodward name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Woodward

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wood"ward`
An officer of the forest, whose duty it was to guard the woods.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States chemist honored for synthesizing complex organic compounds (1917-1979)
  2. United States historian (1908-1999)

wood +‎ ward

  1. (archaic) A warden of a wood.

Notable Persons Named Woodward

Notable Persons Named Woodward

Tex Ritter

Tex Ritter was a country music and western music (north america) musician. He plays vocals, guitar, and Acoustic guitar. He was most prominent from 1928 to 1928. Tex was given the name Woodward Maurice Ritter on January 12th, 1905 in Murvaul, Panola County, Texas, USA. Tex is also known as Tex Ritter. He breathed his last breath on January 2nd, 1974.

Woody Brown

Woody Brown is an actor. Woody was given the name Woodward Allen Brown on February 26th, 1956 in Dayton, Ohio.


Woodward was born in 1777. He passed away in 1809.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Woodward

Notable Persons With the Last Name Woodward

Sir Tom Jones

Sir Tom Jones is a pop rock and country music musician. His ongoing career started in 1963. Tom was given the name Thomas John Woodward on June 7th, 1940 in Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales.

Shannon Woodward

Shannon Woodward is an actress. She was most active from 1991 to present. Shannon was given the name Shannon Marie Woodward on December 17th, 1984 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Joanne Woodward

Joanne Woodward is an actress. She was most prominent from 1955 to present. Joanne was given the name Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward on February 27th, 1930 in Thomasville, Georgia, U.S. Joanne is also known as Joanne Newman and Joanne G.T. Woodward.

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is a journalist. Bob was given the name Robert Upshur Woodward on March 26th, 1943 in Geneva, Illinois, U.S.

Keren Woodward

Keren Woodward is a pop music and new wave music singing and songwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to present. Keren was given the name Keren Jane Woodward on April 2nd, 1961.

Edward Woodward

Edward Woodward was an actor and singer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to 2009. Edward was given the name Edward Albert Arthur Woodward on June 1st, 1930 in Croydon. He died on November 16th, 2009.

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  • Pollyanna Woodward
    Television Presenter
  • Jonathan M. Woodward
  • Vivian Woodward
    Soccer Player
  • Lucy Woodward
  • Wesley Woodward
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  • Barbara Woodward
    List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to China
  • Alice Woodward
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  • Chris Woodward
    Baseball Player
  • George Woodward

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Woodward U.S.
  White 89.74% 64.26%
  African American 4.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.36% 16.26%

Of Last Name Woodward

People with the last name Woodward are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Woodward

  • What name lists does Woodward rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Woodward? Woodward is the 27,385th most popular name of all time. As a last name Woodward was the 944th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Woodward have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 205 babies born with the first name Woodward in the United States. That's more than enough people named Woodward to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Woodward? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Woodward first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Woodward is Friday, September 17th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Woodward born? The highest recorded use of the first name Woodward was in 1917 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Woodward: The name spelled backwards is Drawdoow. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Dodwawor. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Woodward? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 36,764 people with the last name Woodward.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Woodward? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Woodward as their last name.
  • Woodward name meaning

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