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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

  • An Atwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Ann Atwood, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Philip Atwood, aged 15, landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Phillip Atwood, aged 12, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Phillipp Atwood, aged 12, landed in America in 1635

Atwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Atwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Wm Atwood, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Anne Atwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Edward Atwood, who landed in Connecticut in 1718

Atwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Atwood, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Daniel Atwood, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1839
  • B E Atwood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E D Atwood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A B Atwood, who landed in San Francisco California in 1851

Atwood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Captain Isaac Atwood, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, born in New Jersey, who settled in York County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was Captain of the Kings Am Regiment

Atwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Simmons Atwood, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Atwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Clinton Atwood arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883


  • Donna Atwood (b. 1922), American figure skater, gold medal winner of the 1941 United States Figure Skating Championships
  • Wallace Walter Atwood (1872-1949), American geographer and geologist
  • Casey Lee Atwood (b. 1980), American race car driver
  • George Atwood (1745-1807), English mathematician, inventor of the Atwood machine
  • Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC, O.Ont, FRSC (b. 1939), Canadian poet, novelist, and critic among the most-honored authors of fiction in recent history, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature and a Booker Prize


  • The Ancestry of One Atwood Family by Charles A. Atwood.
  • Genealogy of the Gilbert Atwood Family by Raymond Thomas Atwood.

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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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