Inwert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Inwert is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Intwood, a parish, in the union of Henstead, hundred of Humbleyard, east division of Norfolk. [1] [2]

The place name literally means "dweller at the Inn-Wood [Middle English in, a lodging, dwelling; Old English inn, a house + Middle English mode, Old English wudu, a wood] " [3] [4]

Early Origins of the Inwert family

The surname Inwert was first found in Norfolk but we must look to Somerset to find the first record of the family. For it is there that Adam Inwod, was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [5] Again in Somerset, we found Thomas de Inwode recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [4]

The Inward variant proves to be interesting. While the name are related as proven by a late entry of "Sarah Inward, daughter of Richard Inwood, died in 1685. Inward and Inwood have been confused." [4] This variant may have a different origin. First of all, the earliest record was that of Roger de Ynewrde in the Pipe Rolls of Northumberland in 1202 and secondly, this variant may originate in Inworth, Essex which dates back to 1206 when it was known as Inewrth. [6]

How and when the names became interchangeable, we do not know.

Early History of the Inwert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Inwert research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1771, 1843, 1771, 1821, 1832, 1819, 1822, 1798, 1840 and 1835 are included under the topic Early Inwert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Inwert 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. Inwert has been spelled many different ways, including Inwood, Intwood, Inward and others.

Early Notables of the Inwert family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Inwood (1771?-1843), architect and surveyor, "born about 1771 at Caen Wood, Highgate, where his father, Daniel Inwood, was bailiff to Lord Mansfield. He was brought up as an architect and surveyor, and became steward to Lord Colchester and practised as a surveyor. He designed numerous mansions, villas, barracks, warehouses, &c. In 1821 he planned the new galleries for St. John's Church, Westminster, and in 1832-3 designed, with the assistance of his second son, Charles Frederick Inwood (see below), the new Westminster Hospital. His best-known work is...
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Migration of the Inwert family

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 Inwerts to arrive in North America: James Inwood settled in Providence in 1779.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  6. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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