Arwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Arwood family
The surname Arwood was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Arwood family
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Arwood Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Arwood include Arrowood, Arwood, Arewood, Arowood and others.
Early Notables of the Arwood family (pre 1700)
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Arwood migration to the United States +
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Arwood or a variant listed above:
Arwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Nellie Arwood, aged 21, who landed in America from W. Croyden, England, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Arwood (post 1700) +
- Steve Arwood, American actor and writer, known for Riders Radio Theater (1995), Tumbleweed Theater (1983) and Christmas the Cowboy Way (1990)
- Steve Arwood, American first Director the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development in 2015
- Clyde Arwood (1901-1943), American convicted killer of a federal agent during a moonshine raid, the only person ever executed by the United States federal government in Tennessee
- William Pinckney Arwood Sr. (1875-1952), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1944 
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