The name Marword first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in either of the settlements called Marwood in the counties of Devon
. The surname Marword belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. However, some experts theorize that the surname Marword may be a nickname
derived from the Old French word Malregard,
which means evil look
or evil eye.
Early Origins of the Marword family
The surname Marword was first found in Devon
at Widworthy, a parish, in the union of Honiton, hundred
of Colyton. "The church [of Widworthy], an ancient structure, contains the effigy of a knight in armour, and a fine monument by Bacon to the memory of James Marwood, Esq., a liberal benefactor to the parish. Benedictus Marwood, Esq., in 1742 gave £100, and the Rev. Joseph Somaster in 1770 left £50, to be applied to education." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Marword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marword research.Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1601, 1680, 1635, 1725, 1672, 1739, 1681 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Marword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Marword Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Marword has appeared include Marwood, Marward, Morwood and others.
Early Notables of the Marword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Marword family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Marword arrived in North America very early: Joe Marwood settled in Virginia in 1635; John Marwood settled in Barbados in 1685; Jonas Marwood settled in Maryland in 1727; Alexander Morwood arrived in Philadelphia in 1850..