The ancient name of Forwoold finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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 Forwoold family
The surname Forwoold 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 Forwoold family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forwoold research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Forwoold History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forwoold Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Forwoold family name include Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.
Early Notables of the Forwoold family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Forwoold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Forwoold family to Ireland
Some of the Forwoold 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 Forwoold family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Forwoold surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.