The ancestors of the name Herward date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Herward family
The surname Herward 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 Herward family
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Herward Spelling Variations
Herward has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Herward have been found, including Harwood, Harewood, Horwood, Whorwood, Herwood, Hereward, Harward and many more.
Early Notables of the Herward family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herward family to Ireland
Some of the Herward 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 Herward family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Herwards to arrive on North American shores: Robert and Thomas Harwood who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed later by George Harwood in 1643.