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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Horwood surname lived in either of the settlements named Horwood in the counties of Buckinghamshire and Devon, or near any muddy woodland. The surname Horwood is derived from the Old English words hor, which means muddy, and wod, which means wood.

Early Origins of the Horwood family

The surname Horwood was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Horwood family

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Horwood 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 Horwood 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. The variations of the name Horwood include: Horwood, Horward and others.

Early Notables of the Horwood family (pre 1700)

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Horwood Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Horwood is the 471st most popular surname with an estimated 100 people with that name. [1]

United States Horwood migration to the United States +

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 Horwood or a variant listed above:

Horwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Horwood, aged 30, who arrived in New England aboard the ship "The Christian" in 1634 [2]
  • John Horwood, who arrived in Maryland in 1635 [2]
  • Anne Horwood, who settled in Virginia in 1654 along with Elizabeth, Sarah and William
  • James Horwood, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1697 [2]
Horwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nathaniel Horwood, who arrived in New York in 1726 [2]
Horwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alice, Elizabeth and George Horwood, who settled in New York in 1830
  • Henry Horwood, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1832 [2]

Canada Horwood migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Horwood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Horwood U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 389 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York [3]

Australia Horwood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Horwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Horwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [4]
  • Joel Horwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [4]
  • Ann Horwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [4]
  • Jemima Horwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Horwood, (b. 1827), aged 21, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, he died in 1850 when he was murdered [5]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Horwood (post 1700) +

  • Sir William Thomas Francis Horwood (1868-1943), English Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, head of London's Metropolitan Police, from 1920 to 1928
  • Harold Andrew Horwood (1923-2006), Canadian Author, Politician, and co-founder of the Writers' Union of Canada, for which he served three terms as Vice Chair and one, from 1980-81, as Chair
  • Michael Horwood (b. 1947), Canadian composer and Professor of Music and Humanities at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology for over 30 years
  • Lieutenant Alec George Horwood (1914-1944), British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII [6]

Empress of Ireland

  1. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  2. 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)
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from
  6. World War 2 - HORWOOD, Alec. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Alec Horwood. Retrieved from
  7. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook