The history of the name Elyard dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a keeper of a hall.
The surname Elyard 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 Elyard family
The surname Elyard was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Elyard family
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Elyard Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Elyard has undergone many spelling variations
, including Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.
Early Notables of the Elyard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elyard family to Ireland
Some of the Elyard family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Elyard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Elyard were among those contributors: 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..