The ancestry of the name Charlwoude dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village and parish of Charlwood on the border of Sussex
which dates back to at least the 12th century when it was first listed as Cherlewde. Literally the place name means "wood of the freeman or peasants," from the Old English words "ceorl" + "wudu." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Charlwoude family
The surname Charlwoude was first found in West Sussex
, where Charlwood House is an early 17th-century timber-framed country house in Lowfield Heath, Crawley. "This place was the scene of a sanguinary battle between the Danes and the men of Surrey
and Sussex, that occurred near a bridge since called Kilman Bridge, and in which the Danes were defeated with great slaughter." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Today Charlwood is a village and civil parish in the Mole Valley district of Surrey
, but is on the historic county boundary between Surrey
Early History of the Charlwoude family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charlwoude research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500, 1779, 1800, 1500, 1591 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Charlwoude History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Charlwoude Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Charlwoude have been found, including Charlwood, Cherleswode, Charlewood, Charlwode, Charlwoode and many more.
Early Notables of the Charlwoude family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Charlwood, a prominent printer during the 1500s. 'Charlewood apparently came from Surrey, as on Jan. 12, 1591, we find him taking as an apprentice "Gefthe Franch Charlwood, son... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charlwoude Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Charlwoude family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Charlwoude, or a variant listed above: Richard Charlwood who arrived in Virginia in 1658.