The English surname Woodard is an occupational name for a forester employed to look after the trees and game in a forest, from the Middle English term woodward. The name is first recorded in 1208 when Sewhal le Wudeward is registered in the "Pipe Rolls of Hampshire." Joseph Woodard was an early settler in Maryland, arriving in 1666. Today there are approximately 45,000 bearers of the name Woodward living in the United States.
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