Eastwode is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Eastwode family once lived to the east of a wood,
or perhaps in an eastern wood.
It may also be derived from one of several possible villages named Eastwood. There is an Eastwood in Yorkshire
, and there may have been one in Essex
as well. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English words east
(east) and wudu
(wood), which continue to have the same meaning in Modern English.
Early Origins of the Eastwode family
The surname Eastwode was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Eastwode family
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Eastwode Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Eastwode family name include Eastwood, Eastwoods, Estwoud, Estwude, Eastwude and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastwode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eastwode family to Ireland
Some of the Eastwode family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eastwode family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Eastwode surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Richard Eastwood who purchased land in Virginia in 1642; Sarah Eastwood settled in South Carolina in 1774; Abraham, Daniel, David, Thomas, Walter and William Eastwood all settled in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800's..
The Eastwode Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Oriens sylva
Motto Translation: Rising from the wood.