name Priestword comes from when the family resided 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 Priestword family
The surname Priestword 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 Priestword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priestword research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1570, 1655, 1628, 1629 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Priestword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Priestword Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Priestword include Prestwood, Presswood, Prestwold, Presswold, Prestwald and many more.
Early Notables of the Priestword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Priestword family to Ireland
Some of the Priestword 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 Priestword family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..