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Recorded in the spellings of Harwood and Harewood, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It is locational from any of the various places so called in the Border Region, and the counties of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lothian, and Northumberland. All the places have the same meaning and origin being composed of the Olde English pre 7th Century word "har", meaning grey, or possibly "hara", the hare, plus "wudu", literally meaning wood. During the Middle Ages, when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their village name as a means of identification, resulting in a wide dispersal of the name...

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My grandmother was born Dina Harwood in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her father George Harwood was born in Newfoundland, Canada. I did my DNA and am 30% Irish. Trying to figure out where they immigrated from.


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