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.
Early Origins of the Elward family
Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Elward family
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Elward Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Elward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elward family to Ireland
Some of the Elward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Elward family to the New World and Oceana
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
Elward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Elward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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