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

The ancient history of the Lockwood name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the place called Lockwood that was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Lockwood is a habitation name that was originally derived from the Old English words loca and wudu, meaning enclosure and wood. Therefore the original bearers of the surname lived in or near a forest in Yorkshire.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Lockwood include Lockwood, Lockward and others.

First found in West Yorkshire at Lockwood, a chapelry, in the parish of Almondbury. The village is a rural suburb to the town of Huddersfield and is located in the vale of the river Holme. One reference claims Lockwood was originally called North Crosland and part of the Crosland family estate but was taken over by the Lockwood family after a series of disputes between the both families. However, this claim is rather dubious and should be questioned as the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus de Lokewod and Thomas de Lockewod holding lands at that time. [1] Lockwood is also a civil parish in the unitary authority of Redcar & Cleveland in North Yorkshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lockwood research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lockwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lockwood or a variant listed above:

Lockwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edmund Lockwood and his wife Elizabeth and child settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edmund Lockwood, who landed in New England in 1631
  • Anthony Lockwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Robert Lockwood, who landed in Maryland in 1666

Lockwood Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Susannah Lockwood, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Joshua Lockwood, who arrived in America in 1794

Lockwood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Lockwood, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • S Lockwood, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J R Lockwood, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Lockwood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J D Lockwood, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


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  • Annea Lockwood (b. 1939), New Zealand born American composer
  • Gary Lockwood (b. 1937), American actor perhaps best known for his iconic 1968 role as the astronaut Dr. Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Normand Lockwood (1906-2002), award-winning American composer
  • James Booth Lockwood (1852-1884), American Arctic explorer
  • Brigadier-General Benjamin Curtis Jr. Lockwood (1888-1980), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G-2), 4th Army (1946-1947)
  • Margaret Lockwood CBE (1916-1990), English actress, notable for her performance in the 1945 Gainsborough movie, The Wicked Lady
  • Johnny Lockwood (1920-2013), English-born actor of theatre, television and film
  • Betty Lockwood (b. 1924), Baroness Lockwood, is a Labour Party activist
  • Charles Barrett Lockwood (1856-1914), British surgeon and anatomist
  • Didier Lockwood (b. 1956), French jazz violinist


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  • Some Descendants of Edmund Lockwood (1594-1635) of Cambridge, Massachusetts by Harriet Woodbury Hodge.
  • Descendants of Phebe Walter & Isaak Lockwood by Nancy Hawlick Stein.
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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Lockwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lockwood 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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