The Millweard family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a miller or the keeper of a mill. The surname Millweard is derived from the Old English word mylenweard.
This name is common in the southern and western counties; elsewhere, the form Milner
predominates. The "mill-ward" was the keeper of the mill having derived from the Middle English words "melle, mulle, and mulne." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early Origins of the Millweard family
The surname Millweard 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.
Early History of the Millweard family
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Millweard Spelling Variations
Millweard has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Millweard have been found, including Milward, Milwood and others.
Early Notables of the Millweard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Millweard family to Ireland
Some of the Millweard family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Millweard family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Millweards to arrive on North American shores: Henry Milward, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 with his wife, child, and sister; David and James Milward settled in Boston in 1652; Thomas Milward settled in New England