The ancient roots of the Cawoood family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Cawoood comes from when the family lived in Yorkshire
, where the name was taken from the town of Cawood
in the county's West Riding. The place-name was first recorded as Kawuda in 963 AD and was originally derived from the Old English words ca,
and described a wood where by jackdaws were common.
Early Origins of the Cawoood family
The surname Cawoood was first found in North Yorkshire
, where Cawood is a large village and civil parish in the Selby district. The village dates back to 963 when it was listed as Kawuda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and was given by King Athelstan to the see of York, about 935, in the time of Archbishop Wulstan. Today it is better known as the place where the Cawood sword was found. It is regarded as "one of the finest Viking swords ever discovered" and is nearly 1,000 years old and can be seen at the Yorkshire
Museum. This locale is also the home of Cawood Castle, a palace for the Archbishops of York which dates back to 1181. Today Cawood Castle is owned by the Landmark Trust.
Early History of the Cawoood family
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Cawoood Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Cawoood has appeared include Cawood, Kawood, Cawoode, Cawod and others.
Early Notables of the Cawoood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cawoood family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cawoood arrived in North America very early: Richard Cawood who arrived in Barbados in 1635; and later moved to St. Christopher; Ann Cawood who settled in Maryland in 1676.