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The name Prestwold first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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."

Prestwold Early Origins



The surname Prestwold 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 and Buckinghamshire. They also branched to Staffordshire.

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Prestwold Early History


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Prestwold Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prestwold research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1570, 1655, 1628, 1629 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Prestwold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prestwold Spelling Variations


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Prestwold 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 Prestwold has appeared include Prestwood, Presswood, Prestwold, Presswold, Prestwald and many more.

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Prestwold Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prestwold Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prestwold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prestwold In Ireland


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Prestwold In Ireland



Some of the Prestwold family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Prestwold 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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