Elwess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Elwess family

The surname Elwess 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 Elwess family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elwess 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 Elwess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elwess Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Elwess has appeared include Elwes, Elwas, Elwish, Elwash, Elweys, Elway, Ellway, Elways, Ellway, Elwesh, Elway, Elwill, Elwiss and many more.

Early Notables of the Elwess 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...
Another 238 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elwess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Elwess family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Elwess arrived in North America very early: 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 Elwess 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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