Milwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Milwood is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a miller or the keeper of a mill. The surname Milwood 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 Milwood family

The surname Milwood 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 Milwood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Milwood research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1430, 1502 and 1488 are included under the topic Early Milwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Milwood Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Milwood family name include Milward, Milwood and others.

Early Notables of the Milwood family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Milwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Milwood family to Ireland

Some of the Milwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Milwood migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Milwood or a variant listed above:

Milwood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Geo Milwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1769-1770 [3]
Milwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • L. Milwood, who settled in New York in 1823


  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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ 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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