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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Westwood, Westwoode, Weswood and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and held the village of Westwood as a tenant of the Bishop of Winchester before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The village consisted of a mill, but is now two villages, Westwood and Upper Westwood.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Westwood research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1450 is included under the topic Early Westwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Westwood Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Westwood settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630
  • William and Bridget Westwood settled in New England in 1634
  • Mathew Westwood, aged 18, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Robert Westwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Robert Westwood who settled in Virginia in 1643

Westwood Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Westwood, who arrived in New York in 1812
  • Caroline Westwood, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1868
  • William Westwood, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1870
  • Edward Westwood, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872


  • Lee Westwood (b. 1973), English PGA golfer
  • William John "Bill" Westwood (1925-1999), 36th Anglican Bishop of Peterborough (1984 to 1996)
  • Bryan Westwood (1930-2000), Australian artist, two-time winner of the Archibald Prize
  • John Obadiah Westwood (1805-1893), British entomologist and archaeologist
  • Joseph Westwood (1884-1948), Scottish Labour politician
  • Keiren Westwood (b. 1984), British football player
  • Troy Westwood (b. 1967), Canadian CFL football player
  • Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, RDI (b. 1941), born Vivienne Swire, British fashion designer
  • William James Westwood (1887-1954), Canadian politician


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  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  11. ...

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