MacKwood is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The MacKwood family lived in Mackworth, a town in Derbyshire
. The place name was rendered Macheuorde
in the Domesday Book
, a census taken by William the Conqueror twenty years after his conquest of England
to determine the extent and value of his holdings for taxation purposes in 1086. It is a compound of the Old English personal name
Macca and the suffix worth
, which meant enclosure, or farm. Therefore the place name translates as "Macca's farm." It is from this name that the family name is derived.
Early Origins of the MacKwood family
The surname MacKwood was first found in Derbyshire
where this Gaelic sounding name held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Mackworth at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 A.D. In 1086 the manor was held by Earl Hugh of Mackworth and there is still evidence of the ruined castle.
Early History of the MacKwood family
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MacKwood Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled McWorth, MacWorth, Mackworth, Worth, Macwirth, McWirth, MacWirth, MacWurth, McWurth, McWyrth and many more.
Early Notables of the MacKwood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKwood family to Ireland
Some of the MacKwood family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 120 words (9 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 MacKwood family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name MacKwood or a variant listed above: Adolph Mackwirth settled in Pennsylvania in 1842; Arthur Mackworth arrived in Portland Maine in 1630.