Prestwoode History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Prestwoode name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It 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 Prestwoode family

The surname Prestwoode 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.

Early History of the Prestwoode family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prestwoode research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1707, 1570, 1655, 1628, 1629 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Prestwoode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Prestwoode 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 Prestwoode were recorded, including Prestwood, Presswood, Prestwold, Presswold, Prestwald and many more.

Early Notables of the Prestwoode family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Prestwoode 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 Prestwoode family emigrate to North America: 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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