name Elwoode comes from an ancient Chieftain
Early Origins of the Elwoode family
The surname Elwoode 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
"Several tenants in chief in the Domesday [Book] are called Alwoldus or Aldwold, a contraction of the Anglo-Saxon
Aethelwald. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Elwoode family
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Elwoode 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 Elwoode were recorded, including Elwood, Ellwood, Ellward, Elward and others.
Early Notables of the Elwoode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elwoode family to Ireland
Some of the Elwoode family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Elwoode family to the New World and Oceana
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 Elwoode family emigrate to 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.
The Elwoode 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.