Girdwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Girdwood family

The surname Girdwood was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat north of the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some of these families were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'.

Early History of the Girdwood family

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Girdwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Girdwood, Gerwood, Gerdwood, Girwood, Girtwood and others.

Early Notables of the Girdwood family (pre 1700)

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United States Girdwood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Girdwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Girdwood, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [1]
  • David Girdwood, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]
  • George Girdwood, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

New Zealand Girdwood migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Girdwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Girdwood, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Derwent Water" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th November 1861 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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