The English surname Woodward 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." Christopher Woodward was an early settler in Virginia, leaving London in the "Tryall" in June 1620 for America. Augustus Brevoort Woodward ( 1774 - 1827 ) was the first Chief Justice of the Michigan Territory and the main road through Detroit, Woodward Avenue, is named after him. Today there are approximately 36,000 bearers of the name Woodward living in the United States.
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