The Edwurthie 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 Edwurthie family
The surname Edwurthie 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 Edwurthie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edwurthie 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 Edwurthie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Edwurthie Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Edwurthie include Edwards, Edward, Edwardes and others.
Early Notables of the Edwurthie 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 Edwurthie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Edwurthie family to Ireland
Some of the Edwurthie 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 Edwurthie family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Edwurthie were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.