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Ellword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Ellword is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a keeper of a hall. The surname Ellword 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 Ellword family


The surname Ellword was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Ellword family


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Ellword 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 Ellword include Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.

Early Notables of the Ellword family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Ellword family to Ireland


Some of the Ellword family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ellword 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 Ellword were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Alward who settled in Maryland in 1666; Andrew Alward who settled in Boston in 1849. In Newfoundland the family settled in Cape Broyl, Grand Falls and St. John's..

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