surname Edwerd was derived from the personal name
Edward. This name is in turn derived from the Old English forename "Eadweard," which literally means "prosperity-guard." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early Origins of the Edwerd family
The surname Edwerd was first found in Denbighshire
(Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. They claim descent from Einion Efell, Lord of Cynlleth, living in 1182, son of Madoc, Prince of Powys
, who built Oswestry
Castle in 1148.
His father was Madog ap Maredudd who died in 1160 and was the last Prince of the entire Kingdom of Powys, Wales.
"Edwards of Nanhoron descends from one of the royal tribes of Wales through Sir Griffith Lloyd and Sir Howell y Fwyallt; Edwards of Ness Strange descends from Einion Effel, lord of Cynllaeth, co. Montgomery, 1182; Edwards of Old-Court, co. Wicklow, claims from Roderick the Great, king of all Wales in 843, through his younger son, Tudwall Gloff or "the lame," whose descendants settled in Ireland in the XVII. century." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Edwerd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edwerd research.Another 326 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1597, 1776, 1605, 1656, 1629, 1712, 1686, 1712, 1615, 1681, 1636, 1648, 1664, 1679, 1652, 1721 and are included under the topic Early Edwerd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Edwerd Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Edwerd have included Edwards, Edward, Edwardes and others.
Early Notables of the Edwerd family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Edwards (c.1605-1656), a Welsh
Anglican priest and translator; Jonathan Edwards (1629-1712), Welsh
theologian and Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1686 to... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edwerd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Edwerd family to Ireland
Some of the Edwerd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 181 words (13 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 Edwerd family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Edwerd: Old Edward who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607; John Edward who settled in Virginia in 1699; Richard Edward, who settled in St. Christopher in 1633.