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

Elwood is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from an ancient Chieftain titled Aldwold.


Elwood has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. 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 Elwood research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1639, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Elwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Elwood 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.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Elwoods to arrive on North American shores:

Elwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Elwood settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Henery Elwood, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Jno Elwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1645
  • Thomas Elwood, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Elwood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Elwood, who landed in New York in 1834
  • L Elwood, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Elwood Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Bridget Elwood, aged 34, who landed in America from Galway, in 1903
  • Charles Elwood, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Stokestown, in 1903
  • Annie Elwood, aged 23, who landed in America from Kilkelly, Ireland, in 1910
  • Calhoun J. Elwood, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Deda Elwood, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1913


  • Michael Elwood, Texas-based singer/songwriter and a fine lyricist
  • Roger Elwood (b. 1933), American science fiction writer and editor
  • Patrick Elwood, broadcaster who can be seen on WFLD's Fox News Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Paul Elwood, American composer and banjo player


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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

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