Inwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Inwood is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the region of Inwood in the west of England. Inwood is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Inwood family

The surname Inwood was first found in Norfolk 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.

Important Dates for the Inwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Inwood research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1327 is included under the topic Early Inwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Inwood Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Inwood were recorded, including Inwood, Intwood, Inward and others.

Early Notables of the Inwood family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Inwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Inwood migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Inwood family emigrate to North America:

Inwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Inwood, who settled in Providence in 1779

Inwood migration to Australia

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

Inwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Inwood, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Elizabeth Inwood (aged 18), a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • Martha Inwood (aged 20), a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

Contemporary Notables of the name Inwood (post 1700)

  • Johyn Inwood, American Primetime Emmy Award nominated cinematographer and director, known for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015), American Woman (2018) and Scrubs (2001)
  • Mattias Inwood, American actor, known for The Shannara Chronicles (2016) and Will (2017)
  • Steve Inwood (b. 1947), American actor, known for Staying Alive (1983), Fame (1980) and Matlock (1986)
  • Henry William Inwood (1794-1843), English architect, archaeologist, classical scholar and writer
  • William Inwood (1771-1843), English architect and surveyor
  • Richard Neil Inwood (b. 1946), retired Bishop suffragan of Bedford, Archdeacon of Halifax (1995–2003)
  • Glenn Hema Inwood (b. 1968), New Zealand public relations specialist
  • Reginald Roy Inwood (1890-1971), Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Section Commander George Walter Inwood GC (1906-1941), posthumously awarded the George Cross for heroism

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