Wood is a surname in the English language. It is common throughout the world, especially countries with historical links to Britain.
For the most part, the surname Wood originated as a topographic name used to describe a person who lived in, or worked in a wood or forest. This name is derived from the Middle Englishwode, meaning "wood" (from the Old Englishwudu). An early occurrence of this surname (of a personal residing near a wood) is de la Wode, recorded in Hertfordshire, England, in 1242. The locational name also appeared in early records Latinised as de Bosco (from the Old Frenchbois, meaning "wood"). Another derivation for the surname is from a nickname of a eccentric or violent person, derived from the Old English wōd, wad, and Middle English wod, wode, all meaning "frenzied" or "wild". An early occurrence... Read More