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Sowards 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.

Sowards Early Origins



The surname Sowards 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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Sowards Spelling Variations


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Sowards 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 Sowards have been found, including Seward, Sewerd, Saward and others.

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Sowards Early History


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Sowards Early History



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

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Sowards Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sowards Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Sowards In Ireland


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Sowards In Ireland



Some of the Sowards 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 Sowards, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Sowards Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John W. Sowards, aged 23, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Wheaton" from London, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J664-H3F : 6 December 2014), John W. Sowards, 06 Aug 1920; citing departure port LONDON, ENGLAND, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Wheaton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • John W Sowards, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Deerfield" from Montevideo, Uraguay [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NJ-13B : 6 December 2014), John W Sowards, 30 Apr 1921; citing departure port Montevideo, Uraguay, arrival port New York, ship name Deerfield, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowards (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sowards (post 1700)



  • James R. Sowards (1892-1980), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1948
  • George C. Sowards, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Hurricane, West Virginia, 1935-53
  • A. H. Sowards, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1888
  • Robert Sowards (b. 1968), American professional golfer with nine professional wins
  • Robert Sowards (b. 1968), American professional PGA golfer
  • Jack B. Sowards (1929-2007), American Hugo Award nominated screenwriter, best known for writing the story and screenplay for the 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J664-H3F : 6 December 2014), John W. Sowards, 06 Aug 1920; citing departure port LONDON, ENGLAND, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Wheaton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NJ-13B : 6 December 2014), John W Sowards, 30 Apr 1921; citing departure port Montevideo, Uraguay, arrival port New York, ship name Deerfield, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

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  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Sowards Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sowards 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.

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