Ellwold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the name Ellwold are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from an ancient Chieftain titled Aldwold.
Early Origins of the Ellwold family
The surname Ellwold was first found in Gloucestershire at Ellwood, a hamlet in the Forest of Dean district. It is thought that the name could have had two origins: as a local name, as in someone from the aforementioned village; and having derived from the Old English personal name Aelfweald which has the elements oelf meaning "elf" + weald meaning "rule."  "Several tenants in chief in the Domesday [Book] are called Alwoldus or Aldwold, a contraction of the Anglo-Saxon Aethelwald. " 
Important Dates for the Ellwold family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellwold research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1639 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Ellwold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ellwold 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. Ellwold has been spelled many different ways, including Elwood, Ellwood, Ellward, Elward and others.
Early Notables of the Ellwold family (pre 1700)
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellwold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ellwold family to Ireland
Some of the Ellwold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 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 Ellwold family
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 Ellwolds to arrive in North America: Ralph Ellwood who settled in New England in 1635; Cipper Ellwood settled in Jamaica in 1685; Thomas Ellwood settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife and son and daughter.
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- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.