Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to 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 Forrewould family
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 Forrewould family
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Forrewould Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Forrewould include Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.
Early Notables of the Forrewould family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forrewould family to Ireland
Some of the Forrewould family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Forrewould family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Forrewould were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.
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