Alewood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Alewood arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Alewood family lived in Warwickshire where they were first established as Lords of the Manor of Kineton.

Early Origins of the Alewood family

The surname Alewood was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kineton. Conjecturally they are descended from a Norman noble who occupied this manor at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book, [1] a survey of England initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D. This Norman held his land from the King, and the estates were originally called Quintone, a market village.

Early History of the Alewood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alewood research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alewood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alewood Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Aylworth, Aylesworth, Ayleworth, Ailsworth, Alesworth, Aleworth, Ailworth, Hailworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Alewood family (pre 1700)

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United States Alewood migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Alewood or a variant listed above:

Alewood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Alewood, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Will Alewood, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [2]
Alewood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Alewood, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [2]
  • Joseph Alewood, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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