Eastwoit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Eastwoit family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Eastwoit comes from when the family 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 Eastwoit family
The surname Eastwoit was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Eastwoit family
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Eastwoit 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 Eastwoit has appeared include Eastwood, Eastwoods, Estwoud, Estwude, Eastwude and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastwoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eastwoit family to Ireland
Some of the Eastwoit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Eastwoit 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 Eastwoit arrived in North America very early: 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..
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The Eastwoit 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.