Awkwearde is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Awkwearde is a name for a guard
having derived from the Old English word ward,
meaning guardian or watchman.
Early Origins of the Awkwearde family
The surname Awkwearde was first found in Northampton
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and the first on record was Osbert de Varde of Givendale in the year 1130, who was a descendant of Fouques de Vardes of Normandy
. His descendent Simon Ward was Governor of Pontefract Castle in 1324. Some of the family were found at Barford in Warwickshire
. "Barford was for three centuries the residence of the ancestors of Charles Thomas Warde, Esq., now of Clopton, in the county. Of this family was Rowley Warde, an eminent lawyer in the reigns of James and Charles I., commonly called Old Serjeant Warde, and in the parish register styled the Right Worshipful Rowley Warde; who died at the age of 96, about the year 1650. His son, Thomas Warde, barrister at law, served as an officer in the army of Charles at the battle of Edge Hill, and kept the royal flag flying on the top of the church tower here, facing his own house; which caused Cromwell's army after the battle, on its march to Kenilworth Castle, eight miles distant, to fire shots at the tower, the marks of which still remain. Among other relics [in the church of Barford] is a curious tablet of freestone, part of a monument, which the rector, the Rev. William Somerville, has had placed in the wall of the vestry, with this inscription: 'Here lyeth the body of Thomas Warde, Gentleman, parson of Barford, 2d son of Thomas and Martha Warde; he died in 1532.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Awkwearde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Awkwearde research.Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1324, 1842, 1845, 1553, 1622, 1572, 1643, 1597, 1659, 1617, 1689, 1629, 1681, 1662, 1681, 1629, 1696, 1680, 1677, 1720, 1710, 1713, 1715, 1638, 1714 and are included under the topic Early Awkwearde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Awkwearde Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Awkwearde family name include Ward, Warde, Varde and others.
Early Notables of the Awkwearde family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
Simon Ward; John Ward (c.1553-1622), a notorious English pirate around the turn of the 17th century; Samuel Ward (1572-1643), an English academic and a master at the University of Cambridge; Andrew Warde (ca 1597-1659), a colonist, judge, farmer, and one of the... Another 106 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Awkwearde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Awkwearde family to Ireland
Some of the Awkwearde family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 129 words (9 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 Awkwearde family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Awkwearde family to immigrate North America: Andrew Ward, who settled in New England
in 1630; Elizabeth Ward, who settled in Virginia in 1635; George and Henry Ward, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637.
The Awkwearde Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Comme je fus
Motto Translation: As I was.