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The Milward name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a miller or the keeper of a mill. The surname Milward 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." [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Milward family

The surname Milward 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 Milward family

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Milward Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Milward has undergone many spelling variations, including Milward, Milwood and others.

Early Notables of the Milward family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Milward family to Ireland

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United States Milward migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Milward were among those contributors:

Milward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Milward, who landed in Virginia in 1621 [3]
  • Henry Milward, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [3]
  • Henry Milward, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 with his wife, child, and sister
  • Thomas Milward, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Marie Milward, aged 21, who arrived at Providence, Rhode Island in 1635 [3]
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Milward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Milward, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [3]

Australia Milward migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Milward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Job Milward, British Convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Luke Milward, a cooper, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Milward, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]

West Indies Milward migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Milward Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Tho Milward, aged 18, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Milward, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Milward (post 1700) +

  • Malcolm Milward (b. 1948), former English cricketer
  • Alfred Weatherell Milward (1870-1941), English professional footballer who played in the late 19th century
  • Peter Milward (b. 1925), English Jesuit priest and literary scholar, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Sophia University in Tokyo
  • Symon Milward, English founder of Henry Milward & Sons, now known as Milward's in 1730
  • Colonel Victor Milward (1840-1901), British Conservative Party politician
  • Evan Milward (b. 1984), Canadian soccer player
  • Simon Milward (1965-2005), General Secretary of the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations
  • Milward Lee Simpson (1897-1993), American Republican politician, Member of Wyoming State House of Representatives, 1926-27; Governor of Wyoming, 1955-59; Defeated, 1958; U.S. Senator from Wyoming, 1962-67 [8]

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
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  7. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook