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Where did the English Sherwood family come from? What is the English Sherwood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sherwood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sherwood family history?The ancestry of the name Sherwood dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Sherwood found in various locations in Nottingham and Derbyshire. The surname is probably best known in reference to the fabled Sherwood Forest which has been immortalized by the legendary Robin Hood, who according to legend was the Earl of Huntingdon, Robert Fitzooth. William of Sherwood (1190-1249) was a medieval English logician and teacher.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sherwood have been found, including Sherwood, Sherward and others.
First found in Durham, but one of the earliest records of the name was found in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire of 1219 where Williame de Shirewude was listed.  A few years later Lincolnshire when Ralph de Scirewode was listed there in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. Alan de Shirewod was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1327. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Margareta de Shyrwode; Alexander de Shyrwode; and Willelmus de Schiwode. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sherwood research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1579, and 1706 are included under the topic Early Sherwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sherwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sherwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 136 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Sherwood, or a variant listed above:
Sherwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Sherwood Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Sherwood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Sherwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sherwood Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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