Origins Available: English
A'wood is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The A'wood family lived in Leicestershire
. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English word wode,
and indicates that the original bearer lived near a wood.
Early Origins of the A'wood family
The surname A'wood was first found in Leicester, where they held land in Thorpe Arnold, under the Earl of Leicester. They were descended from Ernald de Vosco, a Norman knight, who came to Britain with the Norman invasion
of 1066. After losing these lands, the main branch of the family moved north to Dumfriesshire
where they held a family seat
from about 1150.
Early History of the A'wood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our A'wood research.Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1597, 1672, 1666, 1502, 1478, 1486, 1488, 1495, 1500, 1455, 1539, 1604, 1675, 1654, 1597, 1671, 1661, 1671, 1622, 1685, 1610 and 1682 are included under the topic Early A'wood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
A'wood Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Wood, Woods, Wode, Would, Woid, Voud, Vould and others.
Early Notables of the A'wood family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Wode KS (died 1502) was a British judge, appointed Justice of the Peace for Berkshire in 1478, was made a Serjeant-at-law in 1486 and in 1488 a King's Serjeant, in 1495 he was made a Puisne Justice of the Court of... Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early A'wood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the A'wood family to Ireland
Some of the A'wood family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the A'wood family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name A'wood or a variant listed above were: Thomas Wood and his family who had settled in Virginia before the ".
The A'wood Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Tutus in undis
Motto Translation: Safe on the waves.