The name Whorwoit is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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 Whorwoit family
The surname Whorwoit 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 Whorwoit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whorwoit research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1071 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Whorwoit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Whorwoit 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. Whorwoit has been spelled many different ways, including Harwood, Harewood, Horwood, Whorwood, Herwood, Hereward, Harward and many more.
Early Notables of the Whorwoit family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whorwoit family to Ireland
Some of the Whorwoit 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 Whorwoit 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 Whorwoits to arrive in North America: Robert and Thomas Harwood who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed later by George Harwood in 1643.