The ancestry of the name Strangeward dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Strangeways in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Strangeward belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Strangeward family
The surname Strangeward was first found in Lancashire
where it is generally thought that the name was derived from Strangwish, near Manchester which was held by the family in the 14th century. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
In fact, the English "Gentleman Pirate" Henry Strangways (died 1562) often spelt his name "Strangwish."
Early History of the Strangeward family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strangeward research.Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1585, 1666, 1614, 1666, 1636, 1676, 1661, 1676, 1615, 1675, 1640 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Strangeward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Strangeward 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 Strangeward have been found, including Strangways, Strangeways, Strangwich, Strangwish, Strangeway and many more.
Early Notables of the Strangeward family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Strangways (1585-1666), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1666, he supported the Royalist side in the English Civil War; John Strangways (1636-1676), an English politician... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Strangeward Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Strangeward family to the New World and Oceana
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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Strangeward, or a variant listed above: William and Robert Strangway settled in Maryland in 1750.