Elwearde is an old Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a person who was a keeper of a hall.
The surname Elwearde 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 Elwearde family
The surname Elwearde was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Elwearde family
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Elwearde Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Elwearde has been recorded under many different variations, including Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.
Early Notables of the Elwearde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elwearde family to Ireland
Some of the Elwearde family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Elwearde family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Elwearde or a variant listed above: 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..