Norwoyd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Norwoyd begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they 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 Norwoyd family

The surname Norwoyd 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 Norwoyd family

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

Norwoyd Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Norwoyd has undergone many spelling variations, including Norwood, Northwood, Norwold, Narwold and others.

Early Notables of the Norwoyd family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Norwoyd family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Norwoyd were among those contributors: 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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