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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.
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."  "Several tenants in chief in the Domesday [Book] are called Alwoldus or Aldwold, a contraction of the Anglo-Saxon Aethelwald. " 
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.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ellwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Ellwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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.
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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