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The Forwood name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Forwood 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 Forwood family


The surname Forwood 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 Forwood family


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Forwood 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 Forwood 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 Forwood include: Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.

Early Notables of the Forwood family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Forwood family to Ireland


Some of the Forwood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Forwood 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 Forwood or a variant listed above: Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.

Contemporary Notables of the name Forwood (post 1700)


  • Hon. Patrick John Dudley Forwood (b. 1967), heir apparent to the tile of Baron Arlington (1665)
  • Sir William Forwood, English Chairman of Liverpool Overhead Railway who held Thornton Manor from his father Thomas Brittain Forwood but let the house to William Lever (later 1st Viscount Leverhulme) in 1888
  • Thomas Brittain Forwood (d. 1884), Enlgish businessman, owner of Thornton Manor, a large house in the village of Thornton Hough, Wirral, Merseyside, England
  • Jennifer Jane Forwood (b. 1939), 11th Baroness Arlington, née Nelson, wife of Captain Rodney Simon Dudley Forwood
  • Sir Arthur Bower Forwood PC MP (1836-1898), 1st Baronet of The Priory, Gateacre, Lancashire, an English merchant, shipowner, and politician, Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty from 1886 to 1892
  • Ernest Lytton "Anthony" Forwood (1915-1988), English actor, known for his starring role in Ralph Thomas' Traveller's Joy (1949)
  • Sir Peter Noel Forwood (b. 1925), 4th Baronet of The Priory, Gateacre, Lancashire, English peer
  • Sir Dudley Richard Forwood (1912-2001), 3rd Baronet of The Priory, Gateacre, Lancashire, English peer
  • Sir Dudley Baines Forwood (1875-1961), 2nd Baronet of The Priory, Gateacre, Lancashire, English peer
  • Hon. James Roland Nelson Forwood (b. 1969), heir-in-line apparent to the tile of Baron Arlington (1665)
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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