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Where did the English Ward family come from? What is the English Ward family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ward family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ward family history?The ancestors of the Ward family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Ward is for a guard having derived from the Old English word ward, meaning guardian or watchman.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ward family name include Ward, Warde, Varde and others.
First found in Northampton, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and the first on record was Osbert de Varde of Givendale in the year 1130, who was a descendant of Fouques de Vardes of Normandy. His descendent Simon Ward was Governor of Pontefract Castle in 1324.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ward research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1324, 1553, 1622, 1629, 1681, 1662 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Ward History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ward family to immigrate North America:
Ward Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Ward Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ward Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Ward Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Comme je fus
Motto Translation: As I was.
The Ward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ward 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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