Origins Available: English
The roots of this English name predate the Norman invasion
of 1066. It comes from the Old English name "Adelweard," which existed before surnames came into usage in Britain. The name is composed of the elements "adal," meaning "noble," and "ward," meaning "guard," combined to mean "noble protector." CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Domesday Book
lists Aegelward and Ailuuard. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Early Origins of the Eylward family
The surname Eylward was first found in Suffolk
, where a Godric filius
Aeilwardi was living in 1095. While most of the records point to Suffolk, an earlier record was found of Earl Aylward founding Buckfast Abbey at Buckfastleigh, Devon
in 1018 during the reign of King Cnut.
Early History of the Eylward family
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Eylward Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Eylward are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Eylward include: Aylward, Ailward, Eylward and others.
Early Notables of the Eylward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eylward family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Eylward or a variant listed above: John Aylward, who came to Maryland in 1678; Henry Aylward, who arrived in Jamaica in 1734; Robert Aylward, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1741.
Contemporary Notables of the name Eylward (post 1700)
- Mike Eylward (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball first baseman, third baseman and outfielder drafted by the Anaheim Angels in 2001