The surname Ordway was first found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 11th century when they held estates in that shire. Holding the estates was a Noman knight or man at arms named Orduui recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. We have thus far been unable to trace his origin in Normandy.
Important Dates for the Ordway family
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Ordway Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ordway, Ordwy, Ordwey, Ortway, Ordwee, Ordweigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Ordway family (pre 1700)
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Ordway migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ordway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Abner Ordway, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1643 
James Ordway, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1649 
Ordway Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
R Ordway, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Contemporary Notables of the name Ordway (post 1700)
John Pond Ordway (1824-1880), American doctor, composer, music entrepreneur, and politician, one of the first surgeons to volunteer at the start of the Civil War, founder of Ordway Hall, Salem, Massachusetts
John Malcom Ordway (b. 1950), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2004-2008), United States Ambassador to Armenia (2001-2004)
Sergeant John Ordway (1775-1817), American sergeant who volunteered to be part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition across the United States
Nehemiah G Ordway (1828-1907), American politician, New Hampshire state senator, 7th Governor of Dakota Territory
Jeremiah "Jerry" Ordway (b. 1957), American writer, penciller, inker and painter of comic books, best known for his work with DC Comics
Glenn Ordway (b. 1951), American radio host
Frederick I. Ordway III (1927-2014), American space scientist and author, part of the production team of 2001: A Space Odyssey
William Ordway Partridge (1861-1930), American sculptor
Ordway Southard, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Alabama, 1942 
^ 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)
^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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