Estwod History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Estwod comes from when the family resided to the east of a wood, or perhaps in an eastern wood. It may also be derived from one of several possible villages named Eastwood. There is an Eastwood in Yorkshire, and there may have been one in Essex as well. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English words east (east) and wudu (wood), which continue to have the same meaning in Modern English.
Early Origins of the Estwod family
The surname Estwod was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Estwod family
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Estwod Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Estwod has been recorded under many different variations, including Eastwood, Eastwoods, Estwoud, Estwude, Eastwude and many more.
Early Notables of the Estwod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Estwod family to Ireland
Some of the Estwod family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Estwod family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Estwod or a variant listed above: Richard Eastwood who purchased land in Virginia in 1642; Sarah Eastwood settled in South Carolina in 1774; Abraham, Daniel, David, Thomas, Walter and William Eastwood all settled in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800's..
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The Estwod 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: Oriens sylva
Motto Translation: Rising from the wood.