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What does the name Wood mean?

The meaning of the surname Wood is either one who lives near a wood or an occupational name for someone who worked as a woodsman. It dates back to before the 7th century in both England and Scotland. The first known written example of the surname was in Herefordshire in the year 1242. Celebrities with the surname Wood include the Proms conductor Sir Henry Wood, American actress Natalie Wood, and member of The Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood.

The earliest occurrence of the Wood surname in our family history documents is from 1400, and we currently have 4,279,361 records where Wood appears.

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