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The ancient Gaelic form of the Irish name Ward was Mac an Bhaird, which means son of the bard.

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The surname Ward was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 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
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Ward Settlers in 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 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
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Ward Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Calvin Chester Ward, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1923

Ward Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Abigail Ward, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Thomas Ward who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1757
  • Mr. William Ward U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Asahel Ward U.E., (Ashel) who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Asahel Ward U.E., (Asuhel) who settled in Markham, York County, Ontario c. 1784
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Ward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Ward, who arrived in Canada in 1816
  • Ally Ward, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Bess Ward, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • David Ward, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Asa Brown Ward, who landed in Canada in 1828
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Ward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Ward, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Ward, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Ward, a tanner, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • David Ward, a candle-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Ward, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Ward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Ward landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1827
  • Robert Ward landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Ward, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • James Ward landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Thomas Ward, aged 19, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
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  • Horace Taliaferro Ward (1927-2016), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (1993-2016)
  • Adam Ward (1998-2015), American cameraman for CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV who was killed during an on air interview with her cameraman by a disgruntled former fellow employee
  • Artemas Ward (1727-1800), American general in the American Revolution, and later served in the U.S. Congress (1791-1795)
  • Robert Ward (1917-2013), American composer, Pulitzer Prize winner (1962)
  • Pat Ward (1957-2012), American politician, Iowa State Senator from the 30th District
  • McLain Ward (b. 1975), American two-time gold medalist show jumper
  • Holcombe Ward (1878-1967), American tennis player, winner of the men's singles title at the US National Championships in 1904
  • Hines E. Ward Jr. (b. 1976), former American football wide receiver
  • Derrick LaRon Ward (b. 1980), American football running back
  • William Thomas Ward (1808-1878), Brigadier General in the United States Army during the American Civil War
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Ward Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Elizabeth  Ward (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Ada F  Ward (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mrs. Jessie  Ward (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Adelaide Victoria  Ward (1897-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Frederick Ernest Charles Ward (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. James Joseph Richard Ward (1918-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Centennial Park, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Joseph Ward (b. 1922), English Ordinary Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George Ward (b. 1917), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Baker Street, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick W Ward (b. 1913), English Painter 3rd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Reginald Vernon Ward (b. 1913), English Pay Sub Lieutenant Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ian Ward, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick T Ward, British Chief Engine Room Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Ward, British Officers Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph W Ward, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Horace Gerald Ward, British Commissioned Ordnance Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Robert E Ward, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Michael Ward, Irish Fireman from Galway, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Ward, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Ward, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Blakely, Georgia, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. George Ward, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Ellen Ward, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Ward, aged 36, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 9
  • Mr. Edward Ward (d. 1912), aged 34, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Percy T. Ward (d. 1912), aged 38, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Hampshire, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur Ward (d. 1912), aged 24, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Ward (d. 1912), aged 31, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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  • 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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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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