Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a keeper of a hall. The surname Alwearde 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 Alwearde family
Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Alwearde family
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Alwearde Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Alwearde has been spelled many different ways, including Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.
Early Notables of the Alwearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alwearde family to Ireland
Some of the Alwearde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Alwearde family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Alweardes to arrive in North America: 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..
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