Hedward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hedward family

The surname Hedward was first found in Yorkshire. However, the township of Monkton in Durham had an early significance to the family. "This place was a very early possession of the monastery of Jarrow, whence the name is derived; and afterwards was the property of the Hedworths of Harraton, for the alienation of which, John Hedworth had licence in the first year of Bishop Sever, 'in order to raise certain trusts and uses therein.' " [1] And the parish of Southwick in Durham is also of particular interest to the family. "The estate was once the property of a family named Suthwyk, and afterwards formed part of the possessions of the Hedworths." [1]

Important Dates for the Hedward family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hedward research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1499, 1455, 1487, 1626, 1705 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Hedward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hedward Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hedward has been recorded under many different variations, including Hedworth, Hedworthy, Headworth, Headworthy, Headword, Headward and many more.

Early Notables of the Hedward family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hedward family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hedward or a variant listed above: Alexander Hedworth, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1919; Doris Hedworth, aged 9, who arrived at Ellis Island from S. Shielas, England, in 1916.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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