Toward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Toward family

The surname Toward was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, in the parish of Dunoon where they held a family seat at Castle Toward.

Early History of the Toward family

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Toward Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Toward, Towart and others.

Early Notables of the Toward family (pre 1700)

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United States Toward migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Toward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Toward, who settled in Maryland in 1714
  • John Toward, who landed in Maryland in 1714 [1]


The Toward Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ne parcas nec spernas
Motto Translation: Neither spare nor dispose.


  1. ^ 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)


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