Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Lockwart is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the place called Lockwood that was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Lockwart is a habitation name that was originally derived from the Old English words loca and wudu, meaning enclosure and wood. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) Therefore the original bearers of the surname lived in or near a forest in Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Lockwart family
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Lockwart family
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Lockwart Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Lockwart has been spelled many different ways, including Lockwood, Lockward and others.
Early Notables of the Lockwart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lockwart family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Lockwarts to arrive in North America: 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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