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 Woody

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Wood"y
  1. Abounding with wood or woods; as, woody land."The woodywilderness." [Bryant.]"Secret shades Of woody Ida's inmost grove." [Milton.]
  2. Consisting of, or containing, wood or woody fiber; ligneous; as, the woody parts of plants.
  3. Of or pertaining to woods; sylvan.(R)" Woodynymphs, fair Hamadryades." [Spenser.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Made hard like wood as the result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls
  2. Abounding in trees ("a woody area near the highway")
  3. Made of or containing or resembling wood ("woody plants", "perennial herbs with woody stems", and "a woody taste")

Diminutive +‎ -y.

  1. A male given name, from a nickname for Woodrow.

Notable Persons Named Woody

Notable Persons Named Woody

Woody Allen

Woody Allen is an actor, comedian, filmmaker, and playwright. His most notable accomplishments were from 1950 to present. Woody was given the name Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1st, 1935 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. Woody is also known as Heywood Allen.

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson is an actor, activist, director, and playwright. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. Woody was given the name Woodrow Tracy Harrelson by his parent Charles Harrelson on July 23rd, 1961 in Midland, Texas, U.S.

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was an american folk music and protest song musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, harmonica, Mandolin, Fiddle, C. F. Martin & Company, Gibson Guitar Corporation, and Gibson J-45. He holds the title This Land is Your Land". He was most active from 1930 to 1956. Woody was given the name Woodrow Wilson Guthrie on July 14th, 1912 in United States. He passed away on October 3rd, 1967.

Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker is a woodpecker.

Woody Hayes

Woody Hayes was a college coach. Woody was born on February 14th, 1913 in Clifton, Ohio. He left this life on March 12th, 1987.

Woody Strode

Woody Strode was a gridiron football player. Woody was born on July 25th, 1914 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 31st, 1994.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Woody

Notable Persons With the Last Name Woody

Sheriff Woody

Allen Woody

Allen Woody was a southern rock, hard rock, and blues rock musician and songwriter. He plays Bass guitar, Mandolin, Gibson Thunderbird, and Epiphone. Allen was given the name Douglas Allen Woody on October 3rd, 1955. He died on August 26th, 2000.

Damien Woody

Damien Woody is a football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 2010. Damien was born on November 3rd, 1977 in Beaverdam, Virginia.

Elizabeth Woody

Elizabeth was born in 1959. Elizabeth is also known as Liz Woody.

DJ Woody

DJ Woody is a turntablism, hip hop music, trip hop, and breakbeat dj, turntablist, producer, disc jockey, and turntablism. DJ was born in 1977.

Arthur Woody

Arthur was born on April 1st, 1884. He passed away on June 10th, 1946.

  • Frank Hargrave Woody
    --05-1st Mayor of Missoula

Common last names for Woody

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Wilson
  • Campbell
  • Gray
  • Davis

Common first names for Woody

  • James
  • William
  • Mary
  • John
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • J
  • Thomas
  • Helen
  • Ruth
  • Dorothy
  • Betty
  • Walter
  • R
  • Frank
  • Mildred
  • Paul

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Woody U.S.
  White 74.03% 64.26%
  African American 16.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.41% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Woody

People with the last name Woody are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Woody

  • How Popular is the name Woody? Woody is the 4,353rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Woody was the 1,960th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Woody have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,166 babies born with the first name Woody in the United States. That's more than enough people named Woody to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Woody? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Woody first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Woody is Friday, October 21st, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Woody born? The highest recorded use of the first name Woody was in 1946 with a total of 116 babies.
  • Random Woody Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Woody is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Mississippi have the same name in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Woody: The name spelled backwards is Ydoow. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Woyod. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Woody? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,434 people with the last name Woody.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Woody? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Woody as their last name.
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