Elwode History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Elwode is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from an ancient Chieftain titled Aldwold.
Early Origins of the Elwode family
The surname Elwode was 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. " 
Early History of the Elwode family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elwode research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1639, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Elwode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Elwode 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. Elwode has been spelled many different ways, including Elwood, Ellwood, Ellward, Elward and others.
Early Notables of the Elwode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elwode family to Ireland
Some of the Elwode family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Elwode family
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 Elwodes to arrive in North America: Ralph Ellwood who settled in New England in 1635; Cipper Ellwood settled in Jamaica in 1685; Thomas Ellwood settled in Pennsylvania in 1682 with his wife and son and daughter.
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The Elwode 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: Fide et sedulitate
Motto Translation: With faith and diligence.
- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.