The ancestry of the name Prestwude dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in or near the priest's wood, or in Prestwood, a place-name found in Buckinghamshire
and in Sussex
. The place-name and the surname are derived from the Old English words preost,
which meant priest, and wudu,
which meant wood or forest. The surname means "dweller by the priest's wood."
Early Origins of the Prestwude family
The surname Prestwude was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Prestwood. Little is recorded of their early history before the 13th century but the senior representative of the family was Reginald Prestwood who lived about 1400. The family moved at this point south to Devon
where the main stem resided. The family also gave their name to Prestwood in Shropshire
. They also branched to Staffordshire.
Early History of the Prestwude family
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Prestwude Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Prestwude have been found, including Prestwood, Presswood, Prestwold, Presswold, Prestwald and many more.
Early Notables of the Prestwude family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prestwude family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Prestwude, or a variant listed above: Roger Presswood who landed in North America in 1700; Joan Prestwood, who settled in Virginia in 1666; and Richard Prestwood, who was on record in Baltimore in 1749..
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