Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Estwoud is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Estwoud family
The surname Estwoud was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Estwoud family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estwoud research.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1279, 1339 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Estwoud History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Estwoud 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. Estwoud has been spelled many different ways, including Eastwood, Eastwoods, Estwoud, Estwude, Eastwude and many more.
Early Notables of the Estwoud family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Estwoud family to Ireland
Some of the Estwoud 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 Estwoud family to the New World and Oceana
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 Estwouds to arrive in North America: 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 Estwoud 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.