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Where did the English Awkward family come from? What is the English Awkward family crest and coat of arms? When did the Awkward family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Awkward family history?The name Awkward was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Awkward is for a guard having derived from the Old English word ward, meaning guardian or watchman.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings 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 Awkward 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 Awkward History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 85 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Awkward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Awkward 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.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Awkward or a variant listed above: 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.
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 Awkward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Awkward 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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