Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a keeper of a hall. The surname Halewod is composed of the elements hall, which denoted one who was employed at such a manor-house or hall, and ward, which was originally applied to one who was a watchman.
Early Origins of the Halewod family
Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Halewod family
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Halewod Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Halewod 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 Halewod include: Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.
Early Notables of the Halewod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Halewod family to Ireland
Some of the Halewod family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Halewod 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 Halewod or a variant listed above: John Alward who settled in Maryland in 1666; Andrew Alward who settled in Boston in 1849. In Newfoundland the family settled in Cape Broyl, Grand Falls and St. John's..
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