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Early Origins of the Southward family

The surname Southward was first found in Lancashire, principally in the area of Samlesbury Hall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Southworth. Specifically, Houghton with Middleton and Arbury was an ancient family homestead. "The three manors were granted by the Baron of Newton at an early period to the Southworths, at first of Southworth, but afterwards of Samlesbury. Sir John Southworth, said to have been a favourite of Queen Elizabeth's, is supposed to have sold much of the family property in this quarter; which is extremely probable, as in the 11th of Charles I., of all the extensive possessions of the Southworths, the manor of Samlesbury was alone remaining." [1]

Early History of the Southward family

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Southward Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Southworth, Southwood, Sowarth, Southwerth and others.

Early Notables of the Southward family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Thomas Southworth of Southworth; and Father John Southworth (also called Saint John Southworth) (1592-1654), an English Catholic martyr who was from the Lancashire family who lived...
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Ireland Migration of the Southward family to Ireland

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United States Southward migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Southward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W. E. Southward, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1893
  • Mrs R.W. Southward, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1895
Southward Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Edward Southward, aged 29, who settled in America from Lancaster, England, in 1907
  • John Southward, aged 60, who landed in America from St. Helens, England, in 1907
  • Annie Southward, aged 22, who immigrated to America from Lancaster, England, in 1907
  • Wm. Southward, aged 24, who landed in America from Ulverston, England, in 1907
  • Elizabeth P. Southward, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1912
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New Zealand Southward migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Southward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Southward, (b. 1841), aged 23, British dairymaid travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [2]

West Indies Southward 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. [3]
Southward Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Henry Southward, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [4]
  • Mr. Henry Southward, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling from Gravesend, England aboard the ship "Falcon" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Southward (post 1700) +

  • Dezmen Southward (b. 1990), American NFL football safety for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Mrs. George Southward, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1932 [6]
  • C. W. Southward, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1912 [6]
  • John Southward (1840-1902), English writer on printing and typography
  • Ferguson Southward (b. 1898), English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s
  • Isaac "Ike" Southward (1934-2006), English professional rugby league player
  • Kirsha Southward (b. 1992), British actress

Suggested Readings for the name Southward +

  • Ancestors and Descendants of Micajah and Martha Southard by Ralph Kimball Potter.
  • Early Southards by Ralph Kimball.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. 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)
  5. Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021 from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook