Allward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Allward is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a keeper of a hall. The surname Allward is composed of the elements hall, which denoted one who was employed at such a manor-house or hall, and ward, which was originally applied to one who was a watchman.

Early Origins of the Allward family

The surname Allward was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Allward family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allward research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1626 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Allward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Allward Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Allward are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Allward include: Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.

Early Notables of the Allward family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Allward family to Ireland

Some of the Allward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Allward family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Allward or a variant listed above: John Alward who settled in Maryland in 1666; Andrew Alward who settled in Boston in 1849. In Newfoundland the family settled in Cape Broyl, Grand Falls and St. John's..

Contemporary Notables of the name Allward (post 1700)

  • Maurice Allward, non-fiction writer, author of many books about aircraft
  • Walter Seymour Allward (1876-1955), Canadian sculptor, best known for the Canadian Battlefields Memorial in Vimy, France
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