The present generation of the Eastwoyd family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Eastwoyd family
The surname Eastwoyd was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Eastwoyd family
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Eastwoyd Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Eastwoyd include Eastwood, Eastwoods, Estwoud, Estwude, Eastwude and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastwoyd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eastwoyd family to Ireland
Some of the Eastwoyd 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 Eastwoyd family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Eastwoyd were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Eastwoyd 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.