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Millwood is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a miller or the keeper of a mill. The surname Millwood is derived from the Old English word mylenweard. This name is common in the southern and western counties; elsewhere, the form Milner predominates. The "mill-ward" was the keeper of the mill having derived from the Middle English words "melle, mulle, and mulne." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Millwood family

The surname Millwood was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Millwood family

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Millwood Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Millwood has appeared include Milward, Milwood and others.

Early Notables of the Millwood family (pre 1700)

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Millwood Ranking

In the United States, the name Millwood is the 13,979th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Millwood family to Ireland

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United States Millwood migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Millwood arrived in North America very early:

Millwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Millwood, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [4]
  • Thmas Millwood, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [4]

Australia Millwood migration to Australia +

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

Millwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Millwood, English convict who was convicted in Westminster, London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Egyptian" on 5th April 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Thomas William Millwood, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [6]
  • Thomas W. Millwood, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Millwood (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Cathleen Anne Millwood B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th January 2022). Retrieved from
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook