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Elwood is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from an ancient Chieftain titled Aldwold.


The surname Elwood 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." [1] "Several tenants in chief in the Domesday [Book] are called Alwoldus or Aldwold, a contraction of the Anglo-Saxon Aethelwald. " [2]

Elwood has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Elwood, Ellwood, Ellward, Elward and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elwood research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1639 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Elwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Elwood 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.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Elwoods to arrive on North American shores:

Elwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Elwood settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Henery Elwood, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Jno Elwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1645
  • Thomas Elwood, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

Elwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Elwood, who landed in New York in 1834
  • L Elwood, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Elwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bridget Elwood, aged 34, who landed in America from Galway, in 1903
  • Charles Elwood, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Stokestown, in 1903
  • Annie Elwood, aged 23, who landed in America from Kilkelly, Ireland, in 1910
  • Calhoun J. Elwood, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Deda Elwood, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1913

Elwood Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Arthur Elwood, aged 29, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914

Elwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • B. Elwood arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849
  • Alicia Elwood, aged 31, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune"
  • Mary A. Elwood, aged 34, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Fortune"


  • Paul Elwood, American composer and banjo player
  • Patrick Elwood, broadcaster who can be seen on WFLD's Fox News Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Roger Elwood (b. 1933), American science fiction writer and editor
  • Michael Elwood, Texas-based singer/songwriter and a fine lyricist


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.


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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Elwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elwood 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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