The Forwod name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Forwod was originally a name given to someone who 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 Forwod family
The surname Forwod 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 Forwod family
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Forwod Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Forwod are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Forwod include: Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.
Early Notables of the Forwod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forwod family to Ireland
Some of the Forwod 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 Forwod family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Forwod or a variant listed above: Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.