In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Northwood surname lived in or near "the north wood," as in the northernmost wood within a particular jurisdiction; or in one of the several places named Norwood or Northwood found throughout England
Early Origins of the Northwood family
The surname Northwood was first found in Oxfordshire
where the name was derived from the words "north" + "wood." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Some of the family were found in the parish of Sittingbourne in Kent
where: "It is an incident worthy of notice in the ancient history of this town, that Henry V. was entertained at the Red Lion here, by John Northwood, a gentleman resident in the vicinity, at the expense of nine shillings and ninepence." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Northwood family
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Northwood 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 Northwood 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 Northwood include: Norwood, Northwood, Norwold, Narwold and others.
Early Notables of the Northwood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Northwood family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Northwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Caroline Northwood, aged 17, a seamstress, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"
Northwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- T. Northwood, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenbervie" in 1840
The Northwood Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sub cruce vinces
Motto Translation: Under the cross, we shall conquer.