Word History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Word is thought to be derived from a place name in Lancashire, near Chorley. Early written versions of the name tend to spell the name beginning with "Wer-," and as such the name is most likely derived from the Old English "wer," or weir, and "denu," which meant valley.

Early Origins of the Word family

The surname Word was first found in Hertfordshire where Werric Werden held lands before the taking of the Domesday Survey in 1086.

Important Dates for the Word family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Word research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1352, 1379, 1627, 1535, 1491, 1500, 1476 and 1480 are included under the topic Early Word History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Word Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Worden, Wordene, Word, Werden, Warden and others.

Early Notables of the Word family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Werric Werden, scion of the family, and Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1535), English printer of over 700 books. "His real name was Jan van Wynkyn ('de Worde' being merely a place name), and in the sacrist's rolls of Westminster Abbey from 1491 to 1500 he figures as Johannes Wynkyn. While still a young man he came over to England and...
Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Word Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Word migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Word Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ralph Word, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [1]
  • Elizabeth Word, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
Word Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Word, who settled in Virginia in 1714
  • Michael Word, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Daniel Word, on record in Mobile, Alabama in 1786
Word Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin F. Word, who settled in Texas in 1839
  • Charles Word, who settled in New Orleans in 1850
  • Mrs. L Word, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]

Word 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:

Word Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William John Word, (b. 1839), aged 18, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Glentanner" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd October 1857 [2]

Historic Events for the Word family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Miss. Virginia Ruth Word (b. 1965), American Specialist 4th Class from Warner Robins, Georgia, USA who died in the crash [3]

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Citations

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
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