The Prestwoold name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from 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."
Early Origins of the Prestwoold family
The surname Prestwoold 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 Prestwoold family
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Prestwoold 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 Prestwoold has undergone many spelling variations
, including Prestwood, Presswood, Prestwold, Presswold, Prestwald and many more.
Early Notables of the Prestwoold family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prestwoold family to the New World and Oceana
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 Prestwoold were among those contributors: 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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