The Foureweard name was originally an Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to 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 Foureweard family
The surname Foureweard 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 Foureweard family
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Foureweard Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Foureweard has undergone many spelling variations
, including Forward, Forwood, Forewood, Foreward and others.
Early Notables of the Foureweard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Foureweard family to Ireland
Some of the Foureweard family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Foureweard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Foureweard were among those contributors: Ambrose and Mary Forward who settled in Virginia in 1735 and later moved to Maryland.