Ward History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the Ward family migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Ward is for a guard having derived from the Old English word ward, meaning guardian or watchman.

Early Origins of the Ward family

The surname Ward was first found in Northampton, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and the first on record was Osbert de Varde of Givendale in the year 1130, who was a descendant of Fouques de Vardes of Normandy. His descendent Simon Ward was Governor of Pontefract Castle in 1324. Some of the family were found at Barford in Warwickshire. "Barford was for three centuries the residence of the ancestors of Charles Thomas Warde, Esq., now of Clopton, in the county. Of this family was Rowley Warde, an eminent lawyer in the reigns of James and Charles I., commonly called Old Serjeant Warde, and in the parish register styled the Right Worshipful Rowley Warde; who died at the age of 96, about the year 1650. His son, Thomas Warde, barrister at law, served as an officer in the army of Charles at the battle of Edge Hill, and kept the royal flag flying on the top of the church tower here, facing his own house; which caused Cromwell's army after the battle, on its march to Kenilworth Castle, eight miles distant, to fire shots at the tower, the marks of which still remain. Among other relics [in the church of Barford] is a curious tablet of freestone, part of a monument, which the rector, the Rev. William Somerville, has had placed in the wall of the vestry, with this inscription: 'Here lyeth the body of Thomas Warde, Gentleman, parson of Barford, 2d son of Thomas and Martha Warde; he died in 1532.' " [1]

Important Dates for the Ward family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ward research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1324, 1842, 1845, 1553, 1622, 1572, 1643, 1597, 1659, 1617, 1689, 1629, 1681, 1662, 1681, 1629, 1696, 1680, 1677, 1720, 1710, 1713, 1715, 1638, 1714 and are included under the topic Early Ward History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ward Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ward family name include Ward, Warde, Varde and others.

Early Notables of the Ward family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron Simon Ward; John Ward (c.1553-1622), a notorious English pirate around the turn of the 17th century; Samuel Ward (1572-1643), an English academic and a master at the University of Cambridge; Andrew Warde (ca 1597-1659), a colonist, judge, farmer, and one of the founding fathers of the Connecticut towns of Weathersfield, Stamford, and Fairfield; Seth Ward (1617-1689), an English mathematician, astronomer, and bishop; John Ward (1629-1681), English vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon (1662...
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Migration of the Ward family to Ireland

Some of the Ward family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Ward migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ward family to immigrate North America:

Ward Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Ward, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Elizabeth Ward, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • George and Henry Ward, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • Benjamin Ward, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640 [2]
  • Edmond Ward, who arrived in Maryland in 1641 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ward Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francis Ward, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Christopher Ward, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [2]
  • Ann Ward, who landed in Georgia in 1738 [2]
Ward Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Ward, aged 19, who landed in America in 1812 [2]
  • Hugh Ward, aged 21, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [2]
  • Godfrey Ward, aged 42, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Abel Ward, who arrived in New York in 1831 [2]
  • Adam Ward, who landed in New York in 1837 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ward Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Calvin Chester Ward, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1923 [2]

Ward migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ward Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Abigail Ward, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Thomas Ward who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1757 [3]
  • Mr. William Ward U.E. who settled in Bell Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
  • Mr. Asahel Ward U.E., (Ashel) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Asahel Ward U.E., (Asuhel) who settled in Markham, York County, Ontario c. 1784 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ward Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Ward, who arrived in Canada in 1816
  • Ally Ward, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Bess Ward, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • David Ward, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Asa Brown Ward, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ward migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ward Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Ward, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • William Ward, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • William Ward, a tanner, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • David Ward, a candle-maker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Ward, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ward migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ward Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W Ward, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1827
  • Mr. Ward, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "David" arriving in New Zealand in 1839 [8]
  • Child Ward, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "David" arriving in New Zealand in 1839 [8]
  • Robert Ward, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • James Ward, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ward (post 1700)

  • Adam Ward (d. 2015), American cameraman for CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV who was killed during an on air interview with her cameraman by a disgruntled former fellow employee
  • Kevin Michael Ward (1961-2019), American Major League Baseball player who played for two seasons with the San Diego Padres (1991 and 1992)
  • Darrell Ward (1964-2016), American reality television personality, best known for his role as a truck driver featured on Ice Road Truckers
  • Horace Taliaferro Ward (1927-2016), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (1993-2016)
  • Artemas Ward (1727-1800), American general in the American Revolution, and later served in the U.S. Congress (1791-1795)
  • Robert Ward (1917-2013), American composer, Pulitzer Prize winner (1962)
  • Pat Ward (1957-2012), American politician, Iowa State Senator from the 30th District
  • McLain Ward (b. 1975), American two-time gold medalist show jumper
  • Holcombe Ward (1878-1967), American tennis player, winner of the men's singles title at the US National Championships in 1904
  • Hines E. Ward Jr. (b. 1976), former American football wide receiver
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Ward family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Valerie Ward (1922-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Henderson, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [9]
  • Mr. Henry Ward (1921-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Henderson, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [9]
Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Abraham Ward (b. 1951), American Sergeant 1st Class from Chester, South Carolina, USA who died in the crash [10]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Elizabeth  Ward (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • Mrs. Ada F  Ward (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [11]
  • Mrs. Jessie  Ward (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
  • Miss Adelaide Victoria  Ward (1897-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Frederick Ernest Charles Ward (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. James Joseph Richard Ward (1918-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Centennial Park, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Sidney Robert Ward (d. 1945), British Ordinary Coder aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
  • Denis William Ward (d. 1945), British Ordinary Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Joseph Ward (b. 1922), English Ordinary Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. George Ward (b. 1917), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Baker Street, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Frederick W Ward (b. 1913), English Painter 3rd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Reginald Vernon Ward (b. 1913), English Pay Sub Lieutenant Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Ian Ward, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Frederick T Ward, British Chief Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William Ward, British Officers Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Joseph W Ward, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Horace Gerald Ward, British Commissioned Ordnance Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Robert E Ward, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert M. Ward, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]
  • Michael R.F. Ward, British Lieutenant Commander with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]
  • David H. Ward, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [17]
  • Roy Donald Ward (1907-1939), British Warrant Ordnance Officer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
  • George Ward (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Michael Ward, Irish Fireman from Galway, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. John Ward, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Joseph Ward, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Blakely, Georgia, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. George Ward, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mrs. Ellen Ward, English 3rd Class passenger residing in Newark, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [19]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Ward, aged 36, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 9 [20]
  • Mr. Edward Ward (d. 1912), aged 34, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Percy T. Ward (d. 1912), aged 38, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Hampshire, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Arthur Ward (d. 1912), aged 24, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Joseph Ward (d. 1912), aged 31, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [20]
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James R. Ward, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [21]
  • Mr. William E. Ward, American Coxswain from Illinois, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Albert Lewis Ward, American Seaman First Class from Oklahoma, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [21]

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Citations

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  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
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  9. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
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  16. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  17. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  21. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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