The name Estwoit is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived 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 Estwoit family
The surname Estwoit was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Estwoit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estwoit research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1279, 1339 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Estwoit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Estwoit Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Estwoit are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Estwoit include: Eastwood, Eastwoods, Estwoud, Estwude, Eastwude and many more.
Early Notables of the Estwoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Estwoit family to Ireland
Some of the Estwoit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Estwoit family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Estwoit 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..
The Estwoit 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.