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Soward is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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.

Soward Early Origins



The surname Soward 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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Soward Spelling Variations


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Soward Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Soward have been found, including Seward, Sewerd, Saward and others.

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Soward Early History


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Soward Early History



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

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Soward Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Soward Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Soward In Ireland


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Soward In Ireland



Some of the Soward 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Soward, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Soward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Soward, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Thomas Soward, who landed in Virginia in 1706

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Contemporary Notables of the name Soward (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Soward (post 1700)



  • Rodney R. Jay Soward (b. 1978), American former CFL football player for the Toronto Argonauts
  • George Klewitz Soward (1857-1941), Australian politician, Member of the South Australian House of Assembly for Torrens from 1902 to 1905
  • Jamie Soward (b. 1984), Australian professional rugby league footballer

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

    The Soward Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Soward 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 7 October 2016 at 10:29.

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