The ancestors of the name Preswald date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Preswald family
The surname Preswald 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 Preswald family
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Preswald Spelling Variations
Preswald has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Preswald have been found, including Prestwood, Presswood, Prestwold, Presswold, Prestwald and many more.
Early Notables of the Preswald family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Preswald family to Ireland
Some of the Preswald 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.
Migration of the Preswald family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Preswalds to arrive on North American shores: 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..