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The name Millward is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a miller or the keeper of a mill. The surname Millward is derived from the Old English word mylenweard. This name is common in the southern and western counties; elsewhere, the form Milner predominates.

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The surname Millward was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Millward are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Millward include Milward, Milwood and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millward research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1430, 1502 and 1488 are included under the topic Early Millward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Millward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Millward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Millward or a variant listed above:

Millward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Millward, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1675

Millward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Millward, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846

Millward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Millward, aged 19, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Charles Millward, aged 28, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"

Millward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Millward, aged 37, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Jane Millward, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Jane Millward, aged 16, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • George Millward, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Matilda Millward, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
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  • William Millward (1822-1871), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Roger Millward MBE (1947-2016), English rugby league footballer and coach, inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame
  • Douglas Millward (b. 1862), English former professional footballer
  • Arthur Millward, English first class cricketer and test match umpire
  • Horace Douglas "Doug" Millward (1931-2000), English former professional footballer
  • Jessie Millward (1861-1932), English stage actress
  • Ernest Foster "Ernie" Millward (1887-1962), English footballer
  • Carl Edward King Millward (1935-2000), British mathematician
  • Andrew Millward (b. 1972), Welsh rugby union player
  • Dawson Millward (1870-1926), British stage and film actor
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    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Millward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Millward Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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