Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Whorwod is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Lincolnshire
. The name is derived from the Old English word har
which means "grey" and the word wudu
which means "wood."
Early Origins of the Whorwod family
The surname Whorwod was first found in Lancashire
at either Great Harwood or Little Harwood; and or in West Yorkshire
at Harewood, all villages. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Whorwod family
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Whorwod Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Whorwod has been spelled many different ways, including Harwood, Harewood, Horwood, Whorwood, Herwood, Hereward, Harward and many more.
Early Notables of the Whorwod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whorwod family to Ireland
Some of the Whorwod family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 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 Whorwod family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Whorwods to arrive in North America: Robert and Thomas Harwood who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed later by George Harwood in 1643.