The Awlyword family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a keeper of a hall.
The surname Awlyword 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 Awlyword family
The surname Awlyword was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Awlyword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Awlyword research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1626 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Awlyword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Awlyword Spelling Variations
Awlyword has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Awlyword have been found, including Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.
Early Notables of the Awlyword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Awlyword family to Ireland
Some of the Awlyword 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Awlyword family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Awlywords to arrive on North American shores: 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..