Arward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Arward is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Lincolnshire. The name is derived from the Old English word har which means "grey" and the word wudu which means "wood."

Early Origins of the Arward family

The surname Arward was first found in Lancashire at either Great Harwood or Little Harwood; and or in West Yorkshire at Harewood, all villages. [1]

Important Dates for the Arward family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arward research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1071, 1600, 1648, 1634, 1647, 1648, 1647 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Arward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Arward Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Arward has been recorded under many different variations, including Harwood, Harewood, Horwood, Whorwood, Herwood, Hereward, Harward and many more.

Early Notables of the Arward family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Jane Whorwood ( fl. 1648), English Royalist, daughter of one Ryder or Ryther of Kingston, Surrey, sometime surveyor of the stables to James I. "In September 1634, at the age of nineteen, she married Brome Whorwood, eldest son of Sir Thomas Whorwood of Holton, Oxfordshire. In 1647 and 1648, when the king was in captivity, Mrs. Whorwood signalised herself by her efforts to communicate with him and to arrange his escape. She conveyed money to him from loyalists in London when he was at Hampton Court...
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Arward family to Ireland

Some of the Arward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Arward family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Arward or a variant listed above: Robert and Thomas Harwood who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed later by George Harwood in 1643.

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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