The Edwirthy surname is derived from the old English word "Eadweard" which 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)
Prior to the Norman Conquest
, Edward was a common personal name; its popularity probably due to the fact that Edward the Confessor (1003-1066) had been the Patron Saint of England
before Saint George.
Early Origins of the Edwirthy family
The surname Edwirthy was first found in Wiltshire
where Edward of Salisbury, also known as Edward the Sheriff (of Wiltshire) held land at the time of the Domesday Survey
. He was an ancestor of Earls of Salisbury. The name appeared as Eaduuardus, Eduuardus, Eduuard in the Domesday Book
. Kirby's Quest of Somerset
listed William Edward in Somerset
, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 list: Adam Edward; Willelmus Edward, taylour; and Ricardus Edward. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Edwirthy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edwirthy research.Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1219, 1279, 1283, 1597, 1582, 1658, 1615, 1637, 1711, 1801, 1471, 1678 and are included under the topic Early Edwirthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Edwirthy Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Edwirthy has been spelled many different ways, including Edwards, Edward, Edwardes and others.
Early Notables of the Edwirthy family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Humphrey Edwards (1582-1658), one of the regicides of King Charles I of England
, attended Shrewsbury School in 1615, appointed a gentleman to King Charles I... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Edwirthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Edwirthy family to Ireland
Some of the Edwirthy family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 134 words (10 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 Edwirthy family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Edwirthys to arrive in North America: 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.