Atwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Atwood family

The surname Atwood 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 Atwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atwood 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 Atwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atwood Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Atwood 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 Atwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Atwood migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Ann Atwood, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Philip Atwood, aged 15, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Phillip Atwood, aged 12, who arrived in New England in 1635 [1]
  • Phillipp Atwood, aged 12, who landed in America in 1635 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Atwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Atwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • William Atwood, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [1]
  • Anne Atwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Edward Atwood, who landed in Connecticut in 1718 [1]
Atwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Atwood, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • Daniel Atwood, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1839 [1]
  • B E Atwood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • E D Atwood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • A B Atwood, who landed in San Francisco California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Atwood migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
Atwood Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Simmons Atwood, who arrived in Canada in 1831

New Zealand Atwood 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:

Atwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Clinton Atwood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Atwood (post 1700) +

  • Casey Lee Atwood (b. 1980), American race car driver
  • Wallace Walter Atwood (1872-1949), American geographer and geologist
  • Donna Atwood (b. 1922), American figure skater, gold medal winner of the 1941 United States Figure Skating Championships
  • David Atwood (1815-1889), American Republican politician, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1868-69; Member of Republican National Committee from Wisconsin, 1868-; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 2nd District, 1870-71 [3]
  • Curtis B. Atwood, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Watertown; Elected 1904 [3]
  • Charles W. Atwood, American politician, First Selectman of Watertown, Connecticut, 1921-22 [3]
  • Charles L. Atwood (b. 1848), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Starksboro, 1888 [3]
  • Bertha Hayes Atwood, American Republican politician, Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Barrington 1938 [3]
  • Arthur W. Atwood, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Dakota 3rd District, 1924 [3]
  • Arthur P. Atwood, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norfolk; Defeated, 1908; Elected 1910 [3]
  • ... (Another 54 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Atwood +

  • 1933 "The Ancestry of One Atwood Family" by Charles A. Atwood, "Genealogy of the Gilbert Atwood Family" by Raymond Thomas Atwood.

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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