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Meaning & History

The name "de Wodehouse" is attested as early as in the 11th century, of one Bertram, of Wodehouse-tower, Yorkshire, who lived at the time of the Norman conquest.

An elaborate pedigree of the Wodehouse family of Norfolk is on record beginning with Sir David Wodehouse (b.1053) Father of Sir Constantine de Wodehouse (b.1080) -who was married to Lady Isobel Botetourt (b.1085). John Wodehouse (died 1431) Member of Parliament for Norfolk and Suffolk, is the first of the family to be ~historically attested~ in Norfolk and arrived there as an outside administrator for the Duchy of Lancaster.

The augmented coat of arms of Wodehouse from this time has been blazoned sable a chevron or, gutte de sang, between three cinquefoils ermine with the crest on a wreath, an arm erect, holding a club in the hand and on a scroll the motto frappe forte^, i. e. "strike strong", and at the bottom Agincourt, supported by two wild men. The native English term for "wild man", woodwose (from a putative Old English *wude-wāsa "wood-being"), has been transformed to woodhouse by popular etymology due to their appearance as supporters in the Woodhouse coat of arms.

Baronets Wodehouse:

The baronetcy was created in 1611, for Sir Philip Wodehouse, 1st Baronet (died 1623), MP
Sir Thomas Wodehouse, 2nd Baronet (c. 1585 – 1658), MP
Sir Philip Wodehouse, 3rd Baronet (1608–1681), MP
Sir John Wodehouse, 4th Baronet (1669–1754), British MP
Sir Armine Wodehouse, 5th Baronet (c. 1714 – 1777), MP for Norfolk
Barons Wodehouse:

John Wodehouse, 6th Baronet (1741–1834), was created Baron Wodehouse in 1797.
John Wodehouse, 2nd Baron Wodehouse (1771–1846), British MP and then peer
Earls of Kimberley:

in 1866, John Wodehouse, 3rd Baron (1826–1902) was created Earl of Kimberley
John Wodehouse, 2nd Earl of Kimberley (1848–1932), first member of the Labour Party in the House of Lords
John Wodehouse, 3rd Earl of Kimberley (1883–1941)
John Wodehouse, 4th Earl of Kimberley (1924–2002)
John Wodehouse, 5th Earl of Kimberley (born 1951)
Sir Armine Wodehouse, 5th Baronet had an older brother, William Wodehouse (possibly 1706–1737), who died of smallpox. Other descendants of Sir Armine Wodehouse include:4

Reverend Philip Wodehouse (1745–1811), son of Sir Armine Wodehouse, 5th Baronet
Lt.-Col. Philip Wodehouse (1788–1846), 15th The King's Hussars (Battle of Waterloo)
Colonel Edwin Wodehouse (1817–1870), son of Philip Wodehouse (1788–1846)
Sir Edwin Frederick Wodehouse (c. 1850 – 1934), senior British police officer, son of Edwin Wodehouse
Reverend Frederick Armine Wodehouse (1842 – c. 1921), son of Philip Wodehouse (1788–1846)
Norman Wodehouse (1887–1941), Royal Navy vice-admiral, son of Reverend Frederick Armine Wodehouse (1842 – c. 1921)
Henry Ernest Wodehouse (1845–1929), son of Philip Wodehouse (1788–1846)
P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975), English humor writer, son of Henry Ernest Wodehouse
Richard Wodehouse (1892–1940), cricketer, son of Henry Ernest Wodehouse (brother of P. G. Wodehouse)
Edmond Wodehouse (1784–1855), MP for Norfolk, and later, Norfolk East, son of Thomas Wodehouse, younger son of Sir Armine Wodehouse, 5th Baronet
Philip Edmond Wodehouse (1811–1887), British colonial administrator, eldest son of Edmond Wodehouse
Edmond Robert Wodehouse (1835–1914), British Unionist politician, only child of Philip Edmond Wodehouse
Armine Wodehouse (MP) (1860–1941), MP for Saffron Walden, a younger son of John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley
Added 8/21/2021 by Dododo