The ancestors of the name Kawoit date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Kawoit family lived in Yorkshire
, where the name was taken from the town of Cawood
in the county's West Riding. The place-name was first recorded as Kawuda in 963 AD and was originally derived from the Old English words ca,
and described a wood where by jackdaws were common.
Early Origins of the Kawoit family
The surname Kawoit was first found in North Yorkshire
, where Cawood is a large village and civil parish in the Selby district. The village dates back to 963 when it was listed as Kawuda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and was given by King Athelstan to the see of York, about 935, in the time of Archbishop Wulstan. Today it is better known as the place where the Cawood sword was found. It is regarded as "one of the finest Viking swords ever discovered" and is nearly 1,000 years old and can be seen at the Yorkshire
Museum. This locale is also the home of Cawood Castle, a palace for the Archbishops of York which dates back to 1181. Today Cawood Castle is owned by the Landmark Trust.
Early History of the Kawoit family
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Kawoit 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 Kawoit 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 Kawoit include: Cawood, Kawood, Cawoode, Cawod and others.
Early Notables of the Kawoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kawoit family to the New World and Oceana
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 Kawoit or a variant listed above: Richard Cawood who arrived in Barbados in 1635; and later moved to St. Christopher; Ann Cawood who settled in Maryland in 1676.