The name Herwode first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Lincolnshire
. The name is derived from the Old English word har
which means "grey" and the word wudu
which means "wood."
Early Origins of the Herwode family
The surname Herwode was first found in Lancashire
at either Great Harwood or Little Harwood; and or in West Yorkshire
at Harewood, all villages. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Herwode family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herwode research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1071 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Herwode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Herwode Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Herwode has appeared include Harwood, Harewood, Horwood, Whorwood, Herwood, Hereward, Harward and many more.
Early Notables of the Herwode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herwode family to Ireland
Some of the Herwode family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 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 Herwode family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Herwode arrived in North America very early: Robert and Thomas Harwood who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed later by George Harwood in 1643.