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Elwood Family HistoryThis unusual and interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and can derive from a locational name, or from an Olde English pre 7th Century personal name. As a locational surname Ellwood, and its variant forms Elwood and Allwood, derives from the place called Ellwood in Gloucestershire. The placename means "the elder wood", derived from the Olde English "ellern", elder tree, with "wudu", wood. Locational surnames were usually acquired by a local landowner, or by the lord of the manor, and especially by those former inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, usually in search of work, and were thereafter best identified by the name of their birthplace...
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