Clan Wood - Origins of The Surname

Origins of The Surname

The surname Wood is common throughout Britain. There are two possible origins of the name. The most common origin is from a topographic name, used to describe a person who lived in, or worked in a wood or forest. A less common origin of the name is as a nickname for an eccentric, or violent person.

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