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
Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
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.
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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
Ellard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Ellard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Ellard (post 1700)
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