Warden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Warden. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a guard or watchman. Interestingly, the name Warden was originally from the Anglo-French word wardein, meaning guardian.

Early Origins of the Warden family

The surname Warden was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Warden family

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Warden 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 Warden include Warden, Wardan, Werden and others.

Early Notables of the Warden family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Warden, English politician, Member of Parliament for Hereford in 1614; and Sir John Werden (also Worden), 1st Baronet Cholmeaton in the County of Chester (1640-1716), an English barrister, judge, politician, and diplomat. Born in Cholmeaton, he was the eldest son of...
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United States Warden migration to the United States +

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 Warden or a variant listed above:

Warden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Warden, who arrived in Virginia in 1622-1623 [1]
  • Thomas Warden, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Isack Warden, aged 18, who landed in New England in 1635 [1]
  • John Warden, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [1]
Warden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Warden, who settled in Virginia in 1774
Warden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James and Joseph Warden, who settled in New York State in 1804
  • James Warden, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Joseph Warden, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Alexander Warden, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Samuel Warden, aged 34, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Warden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • A. W. Warden, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Alex Warden, aged 20, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1908
  • Agnes Maria Warden, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Ada Warden, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Birkenshire, England, in 1919
  • Angus Warden, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1922
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Canada Warden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Robert Warden U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [2]
Warden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ichabod Warden, who arrived in Canada in 1836

Australia Warden migration to Australia +

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

Warden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Warden, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Ambrose Warden, (b. 1813), aged 42, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th November 1855 [4]
  • Mrs. Johanna Warden, (b. 1819), aged 36, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th November 1855 [4]
  • Miss Hannah Warden, (b. 1846), aged 9, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th November 1855 [4]
  • Miss Mary Warden, (b. 1854), aged 1, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Ramillies" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th November 1855 [4]

New Zealand Warden 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:

Warden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Warden, (b. 1830), aged 34, British ploughman travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th March 1864 [5]
  • A. Warden, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Norham Castle" in 1872
  • Charles Warden, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
  • Richard Warden, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
  • Hannah Warden, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Warden (post 1700) +

  • Jon Warden (b. 1946), American Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers in 1968
  • John Warden (1841-1906), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863
  • Rob Warden, American journalist, former executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Jack Warden (1920-2006), American two-time Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominated actor, perhaps best known for his roles in Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  • Don Warden (b. 1929), American country musician and manager
  • Richard George "Rick" Warden (b. 1971), English television and movie actor
  • May Warden (1891-1978), English actress and comedienne
  • William Warden (1777-1849), Scottish Royal Royal Navy surgeon from 1795 until 1849
  • James Warden (1820-1904), Scottish-born, Australian politician, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Shoalhaven (1871–1877)
  • Elizabeth Warden (b. 1978), Canadian silver medalist competitive swimmer at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Kenneth G Warden (b. 1922), English Midshipman serving for the Royal Navy Reserve from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [6]


  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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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