Southernwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Southernwood family

The surname Southernwood was first found in Lancashire, principally in the area of Samlesbury Hall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Southworth. Specifically, Houghton with Middleton and Arbury was an ancient family homestead. "The three manors were granted by the Baron of Newton at an early period to the Southworths, at first of Southworth, but afterwards of Samlesbury. Sir John Southworth, said to have been a favourite of Queen Elizabeth's, is supposed to have sold much of the family property in this quarter; which is extremely probable, as in the 11th of Charles I., of all the extensive possessions of the Southworths, the manor of Samlesbury was alone remaining." [1]

Early History of the Southernwood family

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Southernwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Southworth, Southwood, Sowarth, Southwerth and others.

Early Notables of the Southernwood family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Southworth of Southworth; and Father John Southworth (also called Saint John Southworth) (1592-1654), an English Catholic martyr who was from the Lancashire family who lived...
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Ireland Migration of the Southernwood family to Ireland

Some of the Southernwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Southernwood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Southernwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Southernwood, (b. 1809), aged 17, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 12th April 1826, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1869 [2]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 28th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)


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