Lochwerd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestry of the name Lochwerd dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the place called Lockwood that was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Lochwerd 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 Lochwerd family
The surname Lochwerd 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.
Important Dates for the Lochwerd family
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Lochwerd Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Lochwerd have been found, including Lockwood, Lockward and others.
Early Notables of the Lochwerd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lochwerd family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Lochwerd, or a variant listed above: 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..
- ^ 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)