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Where did the English Atwood family come from? What is the English Atwood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Atwood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Atwood family history?The Atwood name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. 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.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Atwood has undergone many spelling variations, including Attwood, Atwood, Attewood, Atwode, Athwood and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atwood research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1903, 1643, 1712, 1650, 1712 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Atwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Atwood were among those contributors:
Atwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Atwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Atwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Atwood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Atwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Atwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Atwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Atwood Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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