Attwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Attwood has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family 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 Attwood family

The surname Attwood 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 of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Attwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Attwood research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1903, 1426, 1454, 1643, 1712, 1650, 1712 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Attwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Attwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Attwood have been found, including Attwood, Atwood, Attewood, Atwode, Athwood and many more.

Early Notables of the Attwood family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Attwood, English Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University (1426-1454.) Peter Atwood (1643-1712), was an English Dominican friar from Warwickshire; he was several...
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United States Attwood migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Attwood, or a variant listed above:

Attwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Attwood who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Joane Attwood, who settled in Barbados in 1664
  • Richard Attwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]
  • Gilbert Attwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]
  • Thomas Attwood, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1672 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Attwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Attwood, who arrived in South Carolina in 1701 [1]
Attwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Bliss Attwood, who arrived in Texas in 1836 [1]
  • Percy R Attwood, who landed in America in 1888 [1]

Canada Attwood migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Attwood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Esau Attwood, was the owner of a fishing room at Pond Island, Greenspond Harbour, in 1778
Attwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Henry Attwood from England, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1810 [2]
  • John Attwood was a planter of Salvage, Newfoundland in 1846 [2]

Australia Attwood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Attwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Matthew Attwood, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Alfred Attwood, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]
  • Mary Attwood, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]
  • George Attwood, aged 26, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

New Zealand Attwood migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Attwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Attwood, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Susanna Attwood, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Attwood, aged 25, a shoemaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • Mary Attwood, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • William Attwood, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
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Contemporary Notables of the name Attwood (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Charles Raymond Attwood (1932-1998), American board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Stephen Stanley Attwood (1897-1965), American academic, Professor at Columbia University
  • William Hollingsworth Attwood (1919-1989), American Democrat politician, U.S. Ambassador to Guinea, 1961-63; Kenya, 1964-66 [5]
  • William Attwood, American politician, Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1746-48 [5]
  • Joseph F. Attwood, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Lansing, Michigan, 1961 [5]
  • David Attwood (b. 1952), English filmmaker
  • Dave Attwood (b. 1987), English rugby union player
  • Dr. Tony Attwood (b. 1952), English psychologist who lives in Queensland, Australia
  • Thomas Warr Attwood (1733-1775), English builder, architect and politician in Bath
  • Thomas Attwood (1765-1838), English musician and composer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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