Atwoit is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Atwoit family once 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 Atwoit family
The surname Atwoit 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 Atwoit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atwoit research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1903, 1426, 1454, 1643, 1712, 1650, 1712 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Atwoit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Atwoit Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Atwoit family name include Attwood, Atwood, Attewood, Atwode, Athwood and many more.
Early Notables of the Atwoit 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... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atwoit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atwoit family to Ireland
Some of the Atwoit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atwoit family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Atwoit surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.