The English surname Woodruff, also found in Ireland, is a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, from the Old English term wudurofe. The leaves of the plant have a sweet smell and the surname may also have been a nickname for one who used it as a perfume. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugo Wuderove, which was dated 1185, in the "Knight Templars List of Lincolnshire." The name is first recorded in the New World in 1640 when John Woodruff is recorded in Lynn, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 26,000 bearers of the name Woodruff living in the United States.
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