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The name Forward has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was 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.

Forward Early Origins



The surname Forward 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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Forward Spelling Variations


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Forward Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Forward has been spelled many different ways, including Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.

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Forward Early History


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Forward Early History



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

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Forward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forward Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Forward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forward In Ireland


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Forward In Ireland



Some of the Forward 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Forwards to arrive in North America:

Forward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland

Forward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William A Forward, who arrived in Canada in 1833

Forward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Forward, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"

Forward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Forward, aged 44, a plumber, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Fanny Forward, aged 43, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Florence Forward, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Louisa Forward, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
  • Fanny Forward, aged 23, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forward (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forward (post 1700)



  • William Forward (b. 1949), American actor from Santa Monica, California, USA
  • Chauncey Forward (1793-1839), American politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, brother of Walter Forward
  • Walter Forward (1786-1852), American administrator, 15th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  • Robert L. Forward (1932-2002), American physicist and science fiction writer
  • Bob Forward (b. 1958), American film director
  • Sir Dudley Forward (1921-2001), English nobleman, who served as equerry to the Duke of Windsor and was a Verderer of the royal New Forest

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Forward Historic Events


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Forward Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James Forward, aged 27, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 16

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Forward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forward Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 14 July 2016 at 10:42.

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