Dashwold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Dashwold name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Dashwold was originally derived from a family having lived in Dashwood, and held a family seat at Cockley Cley. The place-name literally means de Ashwood, which in the English form is Ashwood. [1] After the Norman Conquest, the usual preposition was de, which was used in both English and French place-names. In French names beginning with a vowel, the de was often merged with the name. The bearer of this surname lived by or in an area of forest that contained ash trees.

Early Origins of the Dashwold family

The surname Dashwold was first found in Norfolk at Cockley Cley, a small village and parish. However, some of the family were found at Kirtlington in Oxfordshire in early days. "The east end of the south aisle forms the sepulchral chapel of the Dashwood family, who have a mansion in the parish [of Kirtlington]." [2]

Early History of the Dashwold family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dashwold research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1734, 1658 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Dashwold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dashwold Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dashwold include Dashwood, Dashwoode and others.

Early Notables of the Dashwold family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dashwold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dashwold family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Mary, Robert, Sophia, Thomas and Thomas Junior Dashwood all arrived in New York in 1820.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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