The ancient history of the Athwood name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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 Athwood family
The surname Athwood 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 Athwood family
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Athwood 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 Athwood include Attwood, Atwood, Attewood, Atwode, Athwood and many more.
Early Notables of the Athwood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Athwood 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 Athwood or a variant listed above:
Athwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. Athwood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)