Northwoold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Northwoold name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family 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 Northwoold family

The surname Northwoold was first found in Oxfordshire where the name was derived from the words "north" + "wood." [1] 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." [2]

Important Dates for the Northwoold family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northwoold research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1590 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Northwoold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Northwoold Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Northwoold were recorded, including Norwood, Northwood, Norwold, Narwold and others.

Early Notables of the Northwoold family (pre 1700)

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Northwoold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Northwoold family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Northwoold family emigrate to North America: Francis Norwood, who arrived in Boston in 1630; Richard Norwood settled in Virginia in 1643; Mary Norwood settled in Montserrat in 1685; Richard Norwood settled in Georgia in 1733..

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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