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Ellwood is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from an ancient Chieftain titled Aldwold.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Ellwood has undergone many spelling variations, including Elwood, Ellwood, Ellward, Elward and others.

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." [1] "Several tenants in chief in the Domesday [Book] are called Alwoldus or Aldwold, a contraction of the Anglo-Saxon Aethelwald. " [2]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ellwood research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1639 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Ellwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ellwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ellwood were among those contributors:

Ellwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ralph Ellwood who settled in New England in 1635
  • Ralph Ellwood, aged 28, landed in New England in 1635
  • Thomas Ellwood, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Thomas Ellwood settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife and son and daughter
  • Cipper Ellwood settled in Jamaica in 1685

Ellwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Ellwood, who arrived in Colorado in 1889

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  • William L. Ellwood, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1916
  • Thelma Ellwood, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964
  • Reuben Ellwood (1821-1885), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schenectady County, 1851; U.S. Representative from Illinois 5th District, 1883-85
  • Livingston Ellwood, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1884
  • Lester Ellwood, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • Isaac L. Ellwood, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1888, 1896, 1904, 1908
  • Chauncey Ellwood, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1868
  • Paul M. Ellwood Jr. (b. 1926), American health care innovator, creator of HMOs
  • Robert S. Ellwood (b. 1933), American academic, author and expert on world religions
  • Frank Ellwood, American football player and coach, active from 1958 to 1996

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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: Fide et sedulitate
Motto Translation: With faith and diligence.

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Ellwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ellwood Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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