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Where did the English Eastwood family come from? What is the English Eastwood family crest and coat of arms? 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 name Eastwood first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived 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.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Eastwood has appeared include Eastwood, Eastwoods, Estwoud, Estwude, Eastwude and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times.


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.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Eastwood arrived in North America very early:

Eastwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Eastwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Richard Eastwood who purchased land in Virginia in 1642
  • Richard Eastwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • John Eastwood, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • Henry Eastwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Eastwood Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Eastwood, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Eastwood, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • Sarah Eastwood settled in South Carolina in 1774
  • Sarah Eastwood, aged 16, landed in South Carolina in 1774

Eastwood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham, Daniel, David, Thomas, Walter and William Eastwood all settled in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800's
  • Joseph Eastwood, who arrived in New York in 1841

Eastwood Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Frederik William Eastwood, who landed in Wisconsin in 1918


  • John S Eastwood, American engineer who built the world's first reinforced concrete multiple arch dam
  • Clint Eastwood (b. 1930), prolific American actor and Academy Award-winning film director and film producer
  • Brigadier-General Harold Eugene Eastwood (1892-1973), American Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff South-west Pacific Area (1945-1946)
  • Alice Eastwood (1859-1953), Canadian-born, American botanist who publishing over 310 articles
  • Kyle Eastwood (b. 1968), American jazz musician
  • Dina Ruiz Eastwood (b. 1965), American reporter and TV news anchor, wife of Clint Eastwood
  • Alison Eastwood (b. 1972), American film director, actress, fashion model, and fashion designer, daughter of Clint Eastwood
  • Robert Fred "Bob" Eastwood (b. 1946), American professional golfer
  • Christopher Eastwood, former English Under-Secretary of State
  • Philip "Phil" Eastwood (b. 1978), English former professional footballer



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Oriens sylva
Motto Translation: Rising from the wood.


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The Eastwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eastwood 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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