The origins of the Ellard surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Ellard began when someone in that family worked as a keeper of a hall.
The surname Ellard 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 Ellard family
The surname Ellard was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Ellard family
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Ellard Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Ellard has appeared include Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.
Early Notables of the Ellard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ellard family to Ireland
Some of the Ellard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 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 Ellard family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ellard arrived in North America very early:
Ellard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Benjamin Ellard, who arrived in New England in 1736 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Ellard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Edward Ellard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Robert Ellard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Thomas Ellard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Ellard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Francis Ellard, a brass-worker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Edward Ellard, aged 44, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Pestonjee Bomanjee 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ellard (post 1700)
- Henry Austin Ellard (b. 1961), American NFL football wide receiver
- John Ellard, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Brian Joseph Ellard M.A., Ph.D., (b. 1940), Canadian educator, musicologist, arranger, and conductor
- David Ellard (b. 1989), Australian rules footballer
- Thomas "Tom" Ellard (b. 1962), Australian electronic musician