The ancestry of the name Forewood can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a name for a swineherd, a person who tended hogs. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English elements for,
which meant pig or hog, and weard,
which meant guard or watchman.
Early Origins of the Forewood family
The surname Forewood was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Forewood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forewood research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Forewood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forewood Spelling Variations
Forewood has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Forewood have been found, including Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.
Early Notables of the Forewood family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forewood family to Ireland
Some of the Forewood family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Forewood family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Forewoods to arrive on North American shores: Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.