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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.

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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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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Atwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Atwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • William 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
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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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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
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  • 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
  • Curtis B. Atwood, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Watertown; Elected 1904
  • Charles W. Atwood, American politician, First Selectman of Watertown, Connecticut, 1921-22
  • Charles L. Atwood (b. 1848), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Starksboro, 1888
  • Bertha Hayes Atwood, American Republican politician, Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Barrington 1938
  • Arthur W. Atwood, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Dakota 3rd District, 1924
  • Arthur P. Atwood, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norfolk; Defeated, 1908; Elected 1910
  • Arnold Atwood, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1944
  • Edwin W. Atwood, American Republican politician, Mayor of Flint, Michigan, 1920-22; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1928
  • Elbert W. Atwood, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bolton, 1926
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  • The Ancestry of One Atwood Family by Charles A. Atwood.
  • Genealogy of the Gilbert Atwood Family by Raymond Thomas Atwood.
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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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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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