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The many generations and branches of the Forwalt family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that 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 Forwalt family


The surname Forwalt 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.

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Early History of the Forwalt family

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Early History of the Forwalt family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forwalt research.
Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Forwalt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forwalt Spelling Variations

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Forwalt Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Forwalt were recorded, including Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.

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Early Notables of the Forwalt family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Forwalt family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Forwalt family to Ireland

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Migration of the Forwalt family to Ireland


Some of the Forwalt 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.

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Migration of the Forwalt family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Forwalt family to the New World and Oceana


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Forwalt family emigrate to North America: Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.

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