The English surname Woodall, found chiefly in the West Midlands, is an habitational name from any of various places called Woodhall, for example in Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, and Lothian, named from the Old English words wudu meaning “wood” and heall meaning “hall.” The earliest record of the name is in 1193 when Peter de Wudehale is registered in "The Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire." In 1613 Thomas Woodall of Hertfordshire and Alice Jeffereys were married in London. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1623 when Henry Woodall arrived in Virginia from England. Today there are 16,000 bearers of the name Woodall living in the US.
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