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

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Homewood family name include Homewood, Holmewood, Homeward, Holmeward, Homeworth, Holmeworth, Homewood, Homward and many more.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1279 when William Homewood held estates in Sussex. The name was interchangeable with Homeward and Homeworth.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Homewood research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Homewood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Homewood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Homewood surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Homewood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • James Homewood, who came to Maryland in 1649
  • Thomas Homewood, who settled in Maryland in 1650 with his wife
  • Thomas Homewood, who arrived in Maryland in 1650

Homewood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Josiah Boydell Homewood, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1846
  • George Homewood, who was on record in Nebraska in 1859

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  • Bartley John Homewood (1932-1988), English former football referee
  • Robert Homewood (b. 1952), English professional footballer
  • William Dennis Homewood (1920-1989), British Labour Party politician
  • Thomas Homewood (1881-1945), British bronze tug of war medalist at the 1908 Summer Olympics


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  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Homewood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Homewood 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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