Goward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Goward was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Goward family lived in the district north of Paris which is known in Old French as Gohiere. There are also numerous places in Normandy called Gouy, to which the Anglo-Norman French suffix er was added to make "Gower."
Early Origins of the Goward family
The surname Goward was first found in Yorkshire, where a family of Gower, ancestors of the Duke of Sutherland, held a family seat in Stittenham Township. "Descended from Sir Nicholas Gower, knight of the shire for this county in the reign of Edward III., and seated at Stittenham from about the same period." Another reference is more specific, "All of Antiquities agree that this family is one of the oldest in the county of York, though they differ as to its patriarch, whom some say will have to be Sir Alan Gowers, said to be sheriff of that county at the time of the Norman Conquest, while others with greater probability assert that it descended from on Guhyer, whose son, called William Fitz-Guher of Stittenham, was charged with a mark for his lands in the sheriff's account in 1167."  It is generally agreed that Gower the Poet was from the Stittenham stock.  Today Stittenham is a township in the parish of Sheriff with as few as 92 inhabitants in the late 1800s. 
Important Dates for the Goward family
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Goward Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Goward have been found, including Gower, Gowers, Gowar, Gowars, Goward, Gore, Goher, Gurr, Goer and many more.
Early Notables of the Goward family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Henry Gower, a bishop of St. David's around 1347; John Gower (c. 1330-1408), an English poet and acquired the Lordship of Aldington, Kent in 1365, He was probably nephew and heir-male of Sir Robert Gower of Kent, remembered mainly for three long poems; Sir Thomas Gower (1543-1577), the son of Sir Edward Gower, a knight of Stittenham, Yorkshire, was the marshal of Berwick; George Gower was a sergeant-painter around the year 1585, and the grandson of Sir John Gower of...
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Migration of the Goward family to Ireland
Some of the Goward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Goward migration to the United States
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Goward were among those contributors:
Typical Goward Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Goward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Goward, who landed in Virginia in 1655 
Goward migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Goward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Goward, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia 
Contemporary Notables of the name Goward (post 1700)
- Lynda J. Goward, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980 
- James Goward, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 20th District, 1922; Socialist Labor Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1924 
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html