Elwas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Elwas family

The surname Elwas was first found in Nottinghamshire where the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire and held a family seat at Habelsthorp.

Later, evidence was found that some of the family moved to Throcking in Hertfordshire. "The church contains several monuments to the Elwes family, who formerly had a mansion here; one of the memorials, executed by Nollekens, is of very superior design." [1]

Early History of the Elwas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elwas research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1234, 1504, 1547, 1096, 1476, 1455, 1487, 1615, 1629, 1628, 1706, 1677, 1679, 1679, 1684, 1679, 1690, 1698, 1657, 1687, 1679, 1685, 1640, 1717, 1714, 1789, 1714, 1722, 1713 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Elwas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elwas Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Elwas were recorded, including Elwes, Elwas, Elwish, Elwash, Elweys, Elway, Ellway, Elways, Ellway, Elwesh, Elway, Elwill, Elwiss and many more.

Early Notables of the Elwas family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Gervase Elwes, of Woodford, Essex; and his son, Sir Gervase Elwes, 1st Baronet (1628-1706) was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Sudbury (1677-1679) and (1679-1684) and Suffolk 1679 and (1690-1698); Gervase Elwes (ca.1657-1687), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Sudbury (1679-1685); and Sir John Elwill, 1st Baronet (c. 1640-1717), an English aristocrat and politician. John Elwes of Meggott (1714–1789), miser, was born on 7 April 1714 in the parish of St. James, Westminster. His father, Robert Meggott (or Meggot), was a brewer in Southwark, son of George Meggott, M.P. for Southwark (1722–3), grandson...
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Migration of the Elwas family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Elwas family emigrate to North America: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



The Elwas 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: Deo non fortuna
Motto Translation: Through God not by chance.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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