The Ashwode surname is derived from the Old English words "oesc," meaning ash, and "wudu," meaning wood. It comes from the class of local
names, or names that are based on where the original bearer of the name lived. Ashwode may have originally been born by someone who lived by an ash wood, or the name may have come from a village or place so called. In some instances, the name may be a spelling variation of Ashworth.
Early Origins of the Ashwode family
The surname Ashwode was first found in Lancashire.
Early History of the Ashwode family
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Ashwode Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Ashwode are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Ashwode include: Ashwood, Ashwode, Assewode, Asswode, Asswood and others.
Early Notables of the Ashwode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ashwode family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ashwode or a variant listed above: Richard Ashwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1678; John Ashwood, an emigrant in bondage, who arrived in America in 1713; Allis Ashworth, listed as a runaway convict servants in Maryland in 1774.