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Where did the English Edwards family come from? What is the English Edwards family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Edwards family history?The Edwards surname is derived from the old English word "Eadweard" which means "prosperity guard." Prior to the Norman Conquest of England, Edward was a common personal; its popularity probably due to the fact that Edward the Confessor had been the Patron Saint of England before Saint George.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Edwards include Edwards, Edward, Edwardes and others.
First found in Wiltshire where Edward of Salisbury, also known as Edward the Sheriff (of Wiltshire) held land at the time of the Domesday Survey. He was an ancestor of Earls of Salisbury. The name appeared as Eaduuardus, Eduuardus, Eduuard in the Domesday Book.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edwards research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1219, 1279, 1283, 1597, 1582, 1658, 1615, 1637, 1711, 1801, 1471, 1678 and are included under the topic Early Edwards History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edwards Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Edwards family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Edwards or a variant listed above:
Edwards Settlers in the 17th Century
Edwards Settlers in the 18th Century
Edwards Settlers in the 19th Century
Edwards Settlers in the 20th Century
The Edwards Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Edwards Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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