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The family name Elward is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a keeper of a hall. The surname Elward 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.

Elward Early Origins



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

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Elward Spelling Variations


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Elward Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Elward include Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.

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Elward Early History


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Elward Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elward research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1626 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Elward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Elward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Elward Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Elward In Ireland


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Elward In Ireland



Some of the Elward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Elward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Elward, who arrived in Maryland in 1671

Elward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Elward, who arrived in Mississippi in 1839
  • Thomas Elward, who landed in Mississippi in 1841

Elward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Elward, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1838
  • Philip Elward, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1842
  • Johanna Elward, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1842

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

    The Elward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elward Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 March 2014 at 00:56.

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