The name Dashwoood is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the 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 Dashwoood family
The surname Dashwoood 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 Dashwoood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dashwoood research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1734, 1658 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Dashwoood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dashwoood Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dashwoood has been spelled many different ways, including Dashwood, Dashwoode and others.
Early Notables of the Dashwoood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dashwoood family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dashwooods to arrive in North America: Mary, Robert, Sophia, Thomas and Thomas Junior Dashwood all arrived in New York in 1820.