Wardlow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wardlow family

The surname Wardlow was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where they are believed to be descended from John Biset, son of Henry Biset, Lord of Cany in Normandy, who became a Norman Lord of the Aird at Bewley near Inverness. However, there seems to be no evidence of the existence of "Wardlaws of the Ilk."

There is a place named Wardlaw, near Beauly which has existed as early as 1210 when it was recorded as Wardelaue.

As far the surname goes, Henricus de Wardlaw, was the first on record to use the name. He received a charter from Robert the Bruce in 1330, for half of the Barony of Wiltone in Roxburghshire. [1]

Wardlow is a parish and linear village in the Derbyshire Dales and within the parish lies Warlow Mires, a small hamlet. The parish has always had a rather small population as seen in a census in the late 1800s showing only 171 people. The parish dates back to 1258 when it was listed as Wardelawe, and literally meant "watch or look-out hill" derived from the Old English weard + hlaw [2]

Early History of the Wardlow family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wardlow research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1358, 1661, 1612, 1617, 1621, 1565, 1637, 1387, 1367, 1387, 1440, 1677, 1727, 1631, 1565, 1637, 1653, 1618, 1680, 1683, 1709, 1705, 1720, 1675, 1730, 1739, 1678, 1750 and are included under the topic Early Wardlow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wardlow Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wardlaw, Wardlawe, Wardlow, Wadlow, Wadley and others.

Early Notables of the Wardlow family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Walter Wardlaw (c. 1387), son of a Sir Henry Wardlaw of Torry, Bishop of Glasgow (1367-1387); Henry Wardlaw (died 1440), Bishop of St Andrews and founder of the University of St Andrews; and Elizabeth Wardlaw (1677-1727), Lady Wardlaw, reputed author of the poem "Hardyknute." The Wardlaw Baronetcy, of Pitreavie, County of Fife, is a title in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia that was created on 5 March 1631...
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Wardlow Ranking

In the United States, the name Wardlow is the 10,144th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Wardlow family to Ireland

Some of the Wardlow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Wardlow migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wardlow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Wardlow, who settled in Maryland in 1735
  • Andrew Wardlow, who landed in Virginia in 1776 [4]
Wardlow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Wardlow, aged 23, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wardlow (post 1700) +

  • Gayle Dean Wardlow (b. 1940), American historian of the blues
  • Dennis Wardlow (b. 1954), American former Mayor of Key West, Florida
  • Douglas G. "Doug" Wardlow (b. 1978), American politician and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Lynn D. Wardlow (b. 1943), American former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Lula Ethredge Wardlow (1876-1970), American businesswoman, United Methodist minister, and the first woman ever elected mayor of a Louisiana community

The Wardlow 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: Familias firmat pietas
Motto Translation: Piety strengthens families.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ 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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