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This 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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In Ireland where Elwood is a fairly common name round Galway, Roscommon and North Clare the name is often interchangeable with Aylward

Margaret elwood

My father in law was born in glen corrib on galway mayo border he and his wife moved to galway ,his wife being from the island of inishere of coast of galway . They married and reared a family of 11 children my husband being the oldest of the family ,


I have been chasing my family history (DUFFICY) from Clooneigh, Roscommon, Ireland. My GGG Grandfather Jeremiah "Darby" Dufficy (B:~1791 M: ~1822-28 D: 1875 Strokestown) married who I thought was a Sarah Elard (B: ~1792 D: 01/11/1882 Clooneigh, Roscommon, Ireland. The name "Elard" was difficult to read on the Parish register for her daughter Catherine Dufficy & son Richard Dufficy however I have just found a very similar Parish register entry and it appears that the name is not Elard but "Elwood". This makes more sense as there are a number of Elwood's in Roscommon. If you could check out and provide any additional details (or need more details) than it would be appreciated. Regards, Terry Dufficy. Note: All entries are on Wikitree.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Elwood name is found in the British Isles, but its origin according to DNA is from the north-west coast of the Emerald Island. The Elwood story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup A1] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Elwood surname origin is from a Northern Ui Neill [R1b-L513] tribe. The Cenél Eoghan and the tribes of Donegal conquered much of Ulster (Derry and Tyrone).

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) Cenél Eoghan will expand across northern Ireland with their cousins Cenél Conaill and the Northern Ui Neill between 500-800 BCE. The clans of Finn Valley have the same DNA as people from Gwened in Brittany. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Elwood story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Scotland as they form part of the Dalriada. Descendants of their tribe will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


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