Harwerd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Harwerd is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Lincolnshire. The name is derived from the Old English word har which means "grey" and the word wudu which means "wood."
Early Origins of the Harwerd family
The surname Harwerd was first found in Lancashire at either Great Harwood or Little Harwood; and or in West Yorkshire at Harewood, all villages. 
Early History of the Harwerd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harwerd research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1071, 1600, 1648, 1634, 1647, 1648, 1647 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Harwerd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harwerd Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Harwerd has been spelled many different ways, including Harwood, Harewood, Horwood, Whorwood, Herwood, Hereward, Harward and many more.
Early Notables of the Harwerd family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Jane Whorwood ( fl. 1648), English Royalist, daughter of one Ryder or Ryther of Kingston, Surrey, sometime surveyor of the stables to James I. "In September 1634, at the age of nineteen, she married Brome Whorwood, eldest son of Sir Thomas Whorwood of Holton, Oxfordshire. In 1647 and 1648, when the king was in captivity, Mrs. Whorwood signalised herself by her efforts to communicate with him and to arrange his escape. She conveyed money to him from loyalists in London when he was at Hampton Court...
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harwerd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harwerd family to Ireland
Some of the Harwerd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Harwerd family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Harwerds to arrive in North America: Robert and Thomas Harwood who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed later by George Harwood in 1643.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)