The name Dashwoode has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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 Dashwoode family
The surname Dashwoode 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]." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Dashwoode family
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Dashwoode 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 Dashwoode have been found, including Dashwood, Dashwoode and others.
Early Notables of the Dashwoode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dashwoode 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 Dashwoode, or a variant listed above: Mary, Robert, Sophia, Thomas and Thomas Junior Dashwood all arrived in New York in 1820.