In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Hereward surname 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 Hereward family
The surname Hereward was first found in Lancashire
at either Great Harwood or Little Harwood; and or in West Yorkshire
at Harewood, all villages. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Hereward family
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Hereward Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Hereward 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 Hereward include: Harwood, Harewood, Horwood, Whorwood, Herwood, Hereward, Harward and many more.
Early Notables of the Hereward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hereward family to Ireland
Some of the Hereward family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hereward 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 Hereward or a variant listed above: Robert and Thomas Harwood who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed later by George Harwood in 1643.