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The ancient history of the Morwood name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in either of the settlements called Marwood in the counties of Devon and Durham. The surname Morwood 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 Morwood may be a nickname derived from the Old French word Malregard, which means evil look or evil eye.

Morwood Early Origins



The surname Morwood 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Morwood Spelling Variations


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Morwood Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Morwood include Marwood, Marward, Morwood and others.

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Morwood Early History


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Morwood Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morwood research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1601, 1680, 1635, 1725, 1672, 1739, 1681 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Morwood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morwood Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morwood Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Morwood or a variant listed above:

Morwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Morwood arrived in Philadelphia in 1850
  • Alexander Morwood, who came to Pennsylvania in 1850
  • John Morwood, who was on record in New York in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morwood (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morwood (post 1700)



  • Phil Morwood (b. 1982), Australian rugby league player
  • Paul Morwood (b. 1959), former Australian rules footballer
  • Tony Morwood (b. 1960), former Australian rules footballer
  • Peter Morwood (b. 1956), Northern Irish fantasy novelist and screenwriter
  • Shane Morwood (b. 1961), former Australian rules footballer
  • Professor Michael "Mike" Morwood (d. 2013), Australian archaeologist, known for discovering Homo floresiensis ("Flores Man,") recipient of the Rhys Jones Medal in 2012

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Morwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morwood Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 March 2016 at 10:32.

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