||Steve Worboys (guest, 126.96.36.199)
||November 24, 2007 at 7:15:21 PM
I notice that my surname is not listed here. Years ago I consulted a Dictionary of English Surnames someplace and it was shown, possibly in its variant spelling 'Warboys' (there are others as well), as a mangled version of an originally French name, 'Wordebois'. This is of course none other than 'Woodward' with a French rather than English origin.
The dictionary also indicated the presence of the name in England in the 13th century, in its earlier, French form. I have only seen it occur once in fiction (Robertson Davies' Salterton Trilogy).
Hope to see it added to the database.
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- my surname - Steve Worboys Nov 24 2007, 7:15:21 PM