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Where did the English Northwood family come from? What is the English Northwood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Northwood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Northwood family history?

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.


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.

First found in Oxfordshire where the name was derived from the words "north" + "wood." [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northwood research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1590 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Northwood History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Northwood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Northwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Northwood, aged 17, a seamstress, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"

Northwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • T. Northwood arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenbervie" in 1840


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.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

The Northwood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Northwood 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 29 January 2014 at 13:12.

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