Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a keeper of a hall. The surname Ayleward 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 Ayleward family
Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Ayleward family
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Ayleward Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ayleward family name include Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.
Early Notables of the Ayleward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ayleward family to Ireland
Some of the Ayleward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ayleward family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ayleward surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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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