The present generation of the Athwold family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from 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 Athwold family
The surname Athwold 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 Athwold family
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Athwold Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Athwold include Attwood, Atwood, Attewood, Atwode, Athwood and many more.
Early Notables of the Athwold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Athwold family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Athwold were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.