The history of the Strangweard family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the settlement of Strangeways in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Strangweard 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 Strangweard family
The surname Strangweard 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 Strangweard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strangweard 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 Strangweard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Strangweard Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Strangweard include Strangways, Strangeways, Strangwich, Strangwish, Strangeway and many more.
Early Notables of the Strangweard 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 Strangweard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Strangweard family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Strangweard or a variant listed above: William and Robert Strangway settled in Maryland in 1750.