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Where did the English Nerthwolde family come from? When did the Nerthwolde family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nerthwolde family history?

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Nerthwolde include Netherwood, Netherwold, Nerherode, Nerthwolde, Netwold, Netwood, Netherwode and many more.

First found in Essex 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 1274 when Thomas Netherwode held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nerthwolde research. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Nerthwolde History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Corneiliis Netherwood who settled on Delaware Bay or River in 1685; or Cornelious Netherwood who settled in Philadelphia in 1685. It is possible that two William Netherwoods were brought to the New World in 1736.

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