Arwod History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Arwod begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Lincolnshire. The name is derived from the Old English word har which means "grey" and the word wudu which means "wood."

Early Origins of the Arwod family

The surname Arwod was first found in Lancashire at either Great Harwood or Little Harwood; and or in West Yorkshire at Harewood, all villages. [1]

Important Dates for the Arwod family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arwod research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1071, 1600, 1648, 1634, 1647, 1648, 1647 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Arwod History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arwod Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Arwod has undergone many spelling variations, including Harwood, Harewood, Horwood, Whorwood, Herwood, Hereward, Harward and many more.

Early Notables of the Arwod family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Jane Whorwood ( fl. 1648), English Royalist, daughter of one Ryder or Ryther of Kingston, Surrey, sometime surveyor of the stables to James I. "In September 1634, at the age of nineteen, she married Brome Whorwood, eldest son of Sir Thomas Whorwood of Holton, Oxfordshire. In 1647 and 1648, when the king was in captivity, Mrs. Whorwood signalised herself by her efforts to communicate with him and to arrange his escape. She conveyed money to him from loyalists in London when he was at Hampton Court...
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arwod Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Arwod family to Ireland

Some of the Arwod family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Arwod family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Arwod were among those contributors: Robert and Thomas Harwood who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed later by George Harwood in 1643.

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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