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Where did the Irish Ward family come from? What is the Irish 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 ancient Gaelic form of the Irish name Ward was Mac an Bhaird, which means son of the bard.


Throughout the early history of this name, spellings of the surname in various records changed frequently largely due to the recorder's interpretation of how the name sounded at the time of the entry. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Ward family name include MacWard, McWard, Macanward, MacCanward, MacAward and many more.

First found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ward research. Another 435 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1749 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Ward History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Ward:

Ward Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Ward, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Elizabeth Ward, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • George and Henry Ward, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • Benjamin Ward, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Edmond Ward, who arrived in Maryland in 1641

Ward Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Ward, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Christopher Ward, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Ann Ward, who landed in Georgia in 1738

Ward Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Ward, aged 19, landed in America in 1812
  • Hugh Ward, aged 21, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • Godfrey Ward, aged 42, landed in New York in 1812
  • Abel Ward, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • Adam Ward, who landed in New York in 1837

Ward Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Calvin Chester Ward, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1923


  • Lester Frank Ward (1841-1913), American sociologist and paleontologist
  • Dame Geneviève Ward (1838-1922), American prima donna and actress
  • Seaman First Class James Richard Ward (1921-1941), American sailor awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1941
  • Private Calvin John Ward (1899-1967), soldier in the United States Army National Guard who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I
  • Aaron Ward (1790-1867), American lawyer and politician from New York
  • Rear Admiral Aaron Ward (1851-1918), officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War
  • Jonathan Ward (1768-1842), American politician from New York
  • William Thomas Ward (1808-1878), Brigadier General in the United States Army during the American Civil War
  • Derrick LaRon Ward (b. 1980), American football running back
  • Hines E. Ward Jr. (b. 1976), former American football wide receiver



  • Ward: A Genealogical Record of the Wards of Big Sandy by Billie Edyth Ward.
  • A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West by Gerald W. McFarland.
  • The Noble Family of Ward by James Mayfield Ward.


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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.

This page was last modified on 17 October 2014 at 02:09.

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