The ancestors of the bearers of the Astwode family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Astwode family
The surname Astwode 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 Astwode family
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Astwode 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 Astwode include Attwood, Atwood, Attewood, Atwode, Athwood and many more.
Early Notables of the Astwode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Astwode family to the New World and Oceana
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 Astwode or a variant listed above: 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.