Lochweard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Lochweard name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the place called Lockwood that was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Lochweard is a habitation name that was originally derived from the Old English words loca and wudu, meaning enclosure and wood.  Therefore the original bearers of the surname lived in or near a forest in Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Lochweard family
The surname Lochweard was first found in West Yorkshire at Lockwood, a chapelry, in the parish of Almondbury. The village is a rural suburb to the town of Huddersfield and is located in the vale of the river Holme.
One reference claims Lockwood was originally called North Crosland and part of the Crosland family estate but was taken over by the Lockwood family after a series of disputes between the both families.
However, this claim is rather dubious and should be questioned as the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus de Lokewod and Thomas de Lockewod holding lands at that time.  Lockwood is also a civil parish in the unitary authority of Redcar & Cleveland in North Yorkshire.
Early History of the Lochweard family
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Lochweard Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Lochweard has undergone many spelling variations, including Lockwood, Lockward and others.
Early Notables of the Lochweard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lochweard family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Lochweard were among those contributors: Edmund Lockwood and his wife Elizabeth and child settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Albert and Charles Lockwood arrived in Philadelphia in 1874; James and William Lockwood arrived in San Francisco in 1850..
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)