Edgeword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Edgeword is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the parish of Edgeworth, Gloucestershire, and/or at Edgworth in Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Edgeword family
The surname Edgeword was first found in Edgworth, a township in the chapelry of Turton, in the hundred of Salford, Lancashire. It comprises 2960 acres of pasture and moor and dates back to 1212 when it was listed as Eggewrthe. The name probably means "enclosure on an edge or hillside" from the Old English "ecg" + "worth." 
Edgeworth is a small village and civil parish in Gloucestershire that had only 149 inhabitants as of 1848. 
Edgeworth, later called Edgeware was a village in Middlesex that was the original homestead of Roger Edgeworth, the Elizabethan monk whose family emigrated to Ireland.  Stephen de Eddeworth was Warden of the City of London in 1268.
Early History of the Edgeword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edgeword research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1583, 1560, 1554, 1560, 1646, 1583, 1593, 1619 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Edgeword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Edgeword 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 Edgeword were recorded, including Edgeworth, Edgworth, Edgeware, Edgeworthe and others.
Early Notables of the Edgeword family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Roger Edgeworth (d. 1560), was a Catholic divine, born at Holt Castle, the seat of Sir William Stanley, brother to the Earl of Derby. He was a canon of the cathedrals of Salisbury and Wells...
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Migration of the Edgeword family to Ireland
Some of the Edgeword family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Edgeword family
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 Edgeword family emigrate to North America: John Edgeworth who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1786; followed by George and Robert Edgeworth in 1868.
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: Constans contraria spernit
Motto Translation: The resolute man despises difficulties.
- Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- Burke, John Esq. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of The Landed Gentry; or Commoners of Great Britian and Ireland. London: Henry Colburn Publisher, 13, Great Marlborough Street, 1837, Print.