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Where did the English Alward family come from? What is the English Alward family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alward family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alward family history?

The history of the name Alward dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a keeper of a hall. The surname Alward 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.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Alward has undergone many spelling variations, including Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.

First found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alward research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1626 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Alward History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Alward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Alward were among those contributors:

Alward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Alward who settled in Maryland in 1666

Alward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Alward, who arrived in New Jersey in 1700

Alward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Alward who settled in Boston in 1849
  • E D Alward, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Alward Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • William M. Alward (1857-1909), American politician, Mayor of Bozeman, Montana, 1899-1901
  • Robert Alward (b. 1844), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ottawa County 2nd District, 1897-1902
  • John C. Alward, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1850-53
  • Dennis Eldred Alward (1859-1930), American Republican politician, Secretary of Michigan Republican Party, 1903-07, 1915-19, 1927; Secretary of the Michigan Senate, 1913-30; Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1916
  • Benjamin R. Alward, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1912


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The Alward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alward 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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