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The many generations and branches of the Alyward family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a keeper of a hall. The surname Alyward 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 Alyward family


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

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Early History of the Alyward family

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Early History of the Alyward family


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

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Alyward Spelling Variations

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Alyward Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Alyward were recorded, including Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.

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Early Notables of the Alyward family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Alyward family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Alyward family to Ireland

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Migration of the Alyward family to Ireland


Some of the Alyward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Alyward family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Alyward family to the New World and Oceana


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Alyward family emigrate to 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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