The Forreward family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as 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 Forreward family
The surname Forreward 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 Forreward family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forreward research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Forreward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forreward Spelling Variations
Forreward 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 Forreward have been found, including Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.
Early Notables of the Forreward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forreward family to Ireland
Some of the Forreward 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 Forreward 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 Forrewards to arrive on North American shores: Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.