The ancient roots of the Presswoit family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Presswoit comes from when the family lived in or near the priest's wood, or in Prestwood, a place-name found in Buckinghamshire
and in Sussex
. The place-name and the surname are derived from the Old English words preost,
which meant priest, and wudu,
which meant wood or forest. The surname means "dweller by the priest's wood."
Early Origins of the Presswoit family
The surname Presswoit was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Prestwood. Little is recorded of their early history before the 13th century but the senior representative of the family was Reginald Prestwood who lived about 1400. The family moved at this point south to Devon
where the main stem resided. The family also gave their name to Prestwood in Shropshire
. They also branched to Staffordshire.
Early History of the Presswoit family
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Presswoit Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Presswoit has appeared include Prestwood, Presswood, Prestwold, Presswold, Prestwald and many more.
Early Notables of the Presswoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Presswoit family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Presswoit arrived in North America very early: Roger Presswood who landed in North America in 1700; Joan Prestwood, who settled in Virginia in 1666; and Richard Prestwood, who was on record in Baltimore in 1749..
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