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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Marwood surname lived in either of the settlements called Marwood in the counties of Devon and Durham. The surname Marwood belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. However, some experts theorize that the surname Marwood may be a nickname derived from the Old French word Malregard, which means evil look or evil eye.

Early Origins of the Marwood family

The surname Marwood was first found in Devon at Widworthy, a parish, in the union of Honiton, hundred of Colyton. "The church [of Widworthy], an ancient structure, contains the effigy of a knight in armour, and a fine monument by Bacon to the memory of James Marwood, Esq., a liberal benefactor to the parish. Benedictus Marwood, Esq., in 1742 gave £100, and the Rev. Joseph Somaster in 1770 left £50, to be applied to education." [1]

Early History of the Marwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marwood research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1601, 1680, 1635, 1725, 1672, 1739, 1681 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Marwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Marwood 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 Marwood 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 Marwood include: Marwood, Marward, Morwood and others.

Early Notables of the Marwood family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Marwood, (1601-1680), 1st Baronet ; Sir Henry Marwood, (c. 1635-1725), 2nd Baronet; Sir Samuel Marwood, (c. 1672-1739), 3rd Baronet; and Sir William Marwood, (c. 1681-1740) 4th Baronet. "The worthies of Honiton [Devon] are few and far between. The Pole family...
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United States Marwood 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 Marwood or a variant listed above:

Marwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Marwood, aged 17, who landed in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Globe" [2]
  • Villers Marwood, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [2]
Marwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Marwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [2]
  • Jonas Marwood, who settled in Maryland in 1727

Australia Marwood migration to Australia +

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

Marwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Marwood, aged 34, a nurse, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

West Indies Marwood migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Marwood Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Marwood, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Marwood (post 1700) +

  • Sir Henry Marwood (1635-1725), 2nd Baronet
  • Sir George Marwood (1601-1680), 1st Baronet
  • Sir William Marwood (1681-1740), 4th Baronet
  • Sir Samuel Marwood (1672-1739), 3rd Baronet
  • Ben Marwood, English singer-songwriter from Reading
  • Anthony Marwood, English solo classical violinist
  • Brian Marwood (b. 1960), English former footballer
  • John Marwood Cleese (b. 1939), Award winning English comedian and actor, best known as one of the founding members of Monty Python

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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)
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