Opwards History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Opwards family

The surname Opwards was first found in Huntingdonshire at Upwood, a parish, in the hundred of Hurstingstone. [1]

The place name dates back to Saxon times when it was first recorded as Upwude in 974. [2] By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the parish was known as Upehude [3] and literally meant "higher wood" or "the upper ward, or district" having been derived from the Old English "upp" + "wudu." [2] [4]

One of the first records of the family was Walter de Upwod who was listed there in 1258. [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two listings for the family both in Huntingdonshire: Thomas de Upwode; and Alice de Upwode. [6]

Early History of the Opwards family

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Opwards Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Upward, Upwood, Upwards and others.

Early Notables of the Opwards family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Opwards family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jeremiah Upward settled at Harry's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1820; Edward Upward settled at New Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1835; Nehemiah Upward settled in Exploits district of Newfoundland in 1874.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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