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The Anglo-Saxon name Sheward comes from the baptismal name Siward, which was an Old English personal name. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Sheward Early Origins



The surname Sheward was first found in Devon 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.

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Sheward Spelling Variations


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Sheward Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Sheward were recorded, including Seward, Sewerd, Saward and others.

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Sheward Early History


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Sheward Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sheward research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1053, 1641, 1658, 1701, 1657 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Sheward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sheward Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sheward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sheward In Ireland


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Sheward In Ireland



Some of the Sheward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 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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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Sheward family emigrate to North America:

Sheward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Sheward, who landed in Virginia in 1623

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Sheward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sheward 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 October 2016 at 17:55.

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