Allwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Allwood surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Allwood began when someone in that family worked as a keeper of a hall. The surname Allwood is composed of the elements hall, which denoted one who was employed at such a manor-house or hall, and ward, which was originally applied to one who was a watchman.

Early Origins of the Allwood family

The surname Allwood was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Allwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allwood research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1626 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Allwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Allwood Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Allwood has appeared include Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.

Early Notables of the Allwood family (pre 1700)

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Allwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Allwood family to Ireland

Some of the Allwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Allwood migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Allwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Allwood, aged 44, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • Hannah Allwood, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

Allwood migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Allwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Allwood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edinburgh Castle" in 1873
  • George Allwood, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Emma Allwood, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • A. F. Allwood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881

Contemporary Notables of the name Allwood (post 1700)

  • Rev. Canon Robert Allwood (1803-1891), English-born clergyman and academic in Sydney Australia
  • Ralph Allwood MBE (b. 1950), English Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College
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