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Where did the English Ellwood family come from? What is the English Ellwood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ellwood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ellwood family history?

Ellwood is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from an ancient Chieftain titled Aldwold.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ellwood has undergone many spelling variations, including Elwood, Ellwood, Ellward, Elward and others.

First found in Gloucestershire at Ellwood, a hamlet in the Forest of Dean district. It is thought that the name could have had two origins: as a local name, as in someone from the aforementioned village; and having derived from the Old English personal name Aelfweald which has the elements oelf meaning "elf" + weald meaning "rule." [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellwood research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1639, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Ellwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Ellwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ellwood were among those contributors:

Ellwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Ralph Ellwood who settled in New England in 1635
  • Ralph Ellwood, aged 28, landed in New England in 1635
  • Thomas Ellwood, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Thomas Ellwood settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife and son and daughter
  • Cipper Ellwood settled in Jamaica in 1685

Ellwood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Ellwood, who arrived in Colorado in 1889


  • Charles A. Ellwood (1873-1946), one of the leading American sociologists of the interwar period
  • Craig Ellwood (1922-1992), American modernist architect
  • Air Marshal Sir Aubrey Beauclerk Ellwood DSC (1897-1992), English double ace fighter pilot in World War I
  • Fionnuala Ellwood (b. 1964), Irish actress
  • Tobias Martin Ellwood (b. 1966), British Conservative Party politician


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: Fide et sedulitate
Motto Translation: With faith and diligence.


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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  11. ...

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