Southwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Southwood family

The surname Southwood 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 Southwood family

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Southwood Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Southwood 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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Southwood Ranking

In the United States, the name Southwood is the 14,753rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Southwood family to Ireland

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United States Southwood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Southwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Marie Southwood, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Marie Southwood, who settled in Virginia in 1645
Southwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Southwood, (b. 1798), aged 34, British labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Andromeda" arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Southwood, (b. 1800), aged 32, British settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Andromeda" arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [4]
  • Mr. James Southwood, (b. 1822), aged 10, British settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Andromeda" arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Southwood, (b. 1824), aged 8, British settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Andromeda" arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [4]
  • Miss Mary Southwood, (b. 1826), aged 6, British settler departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Andromeda" arriving in the United States on 10th May 1832 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Southwood Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edith Southwood, aged 31, who arrived in America from London, in 1903
  • Edward Southwood, aged 60, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Charles P. Southwood, aged 25, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1909
  • William Southwood, aged 29, who arrived in America from Havana, Cuba, in 1919
  • Philip G. Southwood, aged 20, who arrived in America from Camborne, England, in 1920
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Australia Southwood migration to Australia +

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

Southwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Southwood, (b. 1804), aged 29, English gentleman's servant who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Isaac Southwood, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [6]

New Zealand Southwood migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Southwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Southwood, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Southwood (post 1700) +

  • Albert Henry Howard Southwood (1882-1965), English first-class cricketer who played from 1911 to 1913
  • Sir Thomas Richard Edmund Southwood DL, FRS (1931-2005), English biologist, Professor of Zoology and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1989-1993)
  • Leslie Frank "Dick" Southwood (1906-1986), English gold medalist rower at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Stephen Roger Southwood QC (b. 1955), Australian judge of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • Doreen Southwood (b. 1974), South African artist, designer, and boutique owner in Cape Town
  • John Allen Southwood (b. 1943), Australian three-time Olympic sprint canoer
  • Nick Southwood, British songwriter, musician and producer
  • Professor David John Southwood (b. 1945), British space scientist, President of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012-2014)


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm


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