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Where did the Scottish Wardlow family come from? What is the Scottish Wardlow family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wardlow family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wardlow family history?


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

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. 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 [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wardlow research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1358, 1661, 1612, 1617, 1621, 1565, 1637, 1677, 1727, 1387 and 1440 are included under the topic Early Wardlow History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wardlow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Wardlow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wardlow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Wardlow settled in Maryland in 1735
  • Andrew Wardlow, who landed in Virginia in 1776

Wardlow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wardlow, aged 23, arrived in Delaware in 1812


  • 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 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.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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The Wardlow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wardlow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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