Westwood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Westwood family

The surname Westwood was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and held the village of Westwood as a tenant of the Bishop of Winchester before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The village consisted of a mill, but is now two villages, Westwood and Upper Westwood.

Early History of the Westwood family

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Westwood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Westwood, Westwoode, Weswood and others.

Early Notables of the Westwood family (pre 1700)

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United States Westwood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Westwood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Westwood, who settled in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1630
  • William and Bridget Westwood, who settled in New England in 1634
  • Mathew Westwood, aged 18, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Robert Westwood, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Robert Westwood who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Westwood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Westwood, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Caroline Westwood, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1868 [1]
  • William Westwood, who arrived in St Clair County, III in 1870 [1]
  • Edward Westwood, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872 [1]

Australia Westwood migration to Australia +

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

Westwood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Westwood, British convict who was convicted in Warwick, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Westwood, (b. 1812), aged 22, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 31st July 1833, sentenced for life for stealing 3 horses from James Crook, transported aboard the ship "Moffatt" on 29th January 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Westwood, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Westwood, British Convict who was convicted in Worcester, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mary Westwood, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Westwood 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:

Westwood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Westwood, (b. 1820), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [7]
  • Joseph Westwood, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • James Westwood, aged 20, a carpenter, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Miss Mary Westwood, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [8]
  • Mr. William Westwood, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Westwood (post 1700) +

  • William John "Bill" Westwood (1925-1999), 36th Anglican Bishop of Peterborough (1984 to 1996)
  • Lee Westwood (b. 1973), English PGA golfer
  • Ms. Rosalind Jane Westwood M.B.E. (b. 1960), British recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Museums and to Culture in the East Midlands [9]
  • William James Westwood (1887-1954), Canadian politician
  • Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, RDI (b. 1941), born Vivienne Swire, British fashion designer
  • Troy Westwood (b. 1967), Canadian CFL football player
  • Keiren Westwood (b. 1984), British football player
  • Joseph Westwood (1884-1948), Scottish Labour politician
  • John Obadiah Westwood (1805-1893), British entomologist and archaeologist
  • Bryan Westwood (1930-2000), Australian artist, two-time winner of the Archibald Prize


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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