Dashwoyd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Dashwoyd family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Dashwoyd comes from 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.  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 Dashwoyd family
The surname Dashwoyd 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]." 
Important Dates for the Dashwoyd family
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Dashwoyd 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 Dashwoyd has appeared include Dashwood, Dashwoode and others.
Early Notables of the Dashwoyd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dashwoyd family
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 Dashwoyd arrived in North America very early: Mary, Robert, Sophia, Thomas and Thomas Junior Dashwood all arrived in New York in 1820.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.