Anglo-Saxon name Lockweart come from when the family resided in the place called Lockwood that was in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Lockweart 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 Lockweart 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 Lockweart family
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Lockweart Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Lockweart has been recorded under many different variations, including Lockwood, Lockward and others.
Early Notables of the Lockweart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lockweart family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lockweart 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..
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