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Where did the English Eastwood family come from? When did the Eastwood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eastwood family history?The ancestors of the bearers of the Eastwood family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found to the east of a wood, or perhaps in an eastern wood. It may also be derived from one of several possible villages named Eastwood. There is definitely an Eastwood in Yorkshire, and there may have been one in Essex as well. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English words east (east) and wudu (wood), which continue to have the same meaning in Modern English.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Eastwood include Eastwood, Eastwoods, Estwoud, Estwude, Eastwude and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eastwood research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1279 and 1339 are included under the topic Early Eastwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Eastwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Eastwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Eastwood or a variant listed above:
Eastwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Eastwood Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Eastwood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Eastwood Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
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