The ancestors of the name Attwould date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Attwould 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 Attwould family
The surname Attwould 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 Attwould family
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Attwould Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Attwould are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Attwould include: Attwood, Atwood, Attewood, Atwode, Athwood and many more.
Early Notables of the Attwould family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Attwould family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Attwould 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.