Elwes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Elwes family

The surname Elwes 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]

Important Dates for the Elwes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elwes 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 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Elwes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elwes 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. Elwes has been spelled many different ways, including Elwes, Elwas, Elwish, Elwash, Elweys, Elway, Ellway, Elways, Ellway, Elwesh, Elway, Elwill, Elwiss and many more.

Early Notables of the Elwes 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...
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Elwes migration to the United States

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 Elwess to arrive in North America:

Elwes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Elwes, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Elwes (post 1700)

  • Simon Edmund Vincent Paul Elwes (1902-1975), British painter
  • John Elwes, British classical singer
  • Cary Elwes (b. 1962), British actor fromin London, England, UK
  • George Elwes Corrie (1793-1885), English Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, born at Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, 28 April 1793

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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