The name Astwod first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the county of Salop where they were found since the early Middle Ages. Their name means at the wood,
from atte wood.
The original bearer, therefore, would have lived at the edge of a wood.
Early Origins of the Astwod family
The surname Astwod was first found in the county of Salop where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, and had retained their estates despite the Norman invasion
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Astwod family
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Astwod 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 Astwod has appeared include Attwood, Atwood, Attewood, Atwode, Athwood and many more.
Early Notables of the Astwod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Astwod family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Astwod arrived in North America very early: Thomas Attwood who settled in Virginia in 1663; Joane Attwood settled in Barbados in 1664; Richard Attwood settled in Barbados (with his wife and servant) in 1680. In Newfoundland, Esau, was the owner of a fishing room at Pond Island, Greenspond Harbour, in 1778.