Last name: Ward

This is one of the great surnames of Britain. Deriving from the pre 1066 Norman era, it has two quite distinct origins, one Olde English and the other Gaelic. The 'English' nameholders themselves have two possible derivations, the first being occupational for a civil guard or keeper of the watch and the second topographical, and describing one who lived by a 'werd' - a marsh. Certainly there can be no doubt that Walter de la Warde recorded in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Suffolk lived by a fen, whilst equally Robert le Warde in the Oxfordshire Rolls for the same year of 1273, was a guard. The original coat of arms was born by Sir John Warde of Surrey, at the siege of Calais in 1345. This had the blazon of a blue field charged with a gold cross flory, and is one of the most ancient of all 'arms' on record. The Irish Ward's prominent in Galway and Donegal are claimed to derive their name from the Old Gaelic 'Mac an Bhaird', translating as 'the Son of the Bard'. Certainly Maelisa Macaward was bishop of Clonfert, County Galway, in 1179, although the clergy were supposed to be celebrate! In Scotland John de Warde was recorded as being a tenant of the Earl of Douglas in 1376. The surname was also one of the first into the new American Colonies, John Ward of 'Elizabeth Cittie, Virginia' being a recorded as head of his 'muster' on February 24th 1624. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de la Warda, which was dated 1176, in the 'Pipe Rolls of Leicestershire', during the reign of King Henry 11, known as 'the church builder', 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Linda Alter Scott
I am looking for any information on Edna Elizabeth WARD born 1886 or Kansas, and died in Michigan. She lived in the Flint MI area much of her life. She married Guy English, and divorced, then I find her married to Herbert Sanford in the 1930's census...this is the man I always knew as my great grandfather even though he was not related by blood to me. I just today found a record of marriage for Edna Ward English (parents Nellie Lillie and John Ward) and a Conrad Rudolph Kohn in 1913. The age is a major discrepancy, as she would have been older than 21...she'd been married and divorced from Guy ENGLISH by this time so she must have lied about her age to him. She never talked about him, I have no record of children from this marriage (she was still young) and I would like to look into this gap in my family. If anyone has any info, please contact me at thanks!

Really think this should be split between the English and Irish versions of Ward. It's a little confusing putting two completely different family lines together just because they coincidentally ended up spelled the same.

Some bits and pieces of information on my line are my father's direct ancestors an unnamed Irish immigrant 'Who was either stagecoach driver or a horse breeder' who came to Western Scotland in the 18th/19th century and another who died in the Blantyre mining disaster, 22nd October 1877, in Blantyre, Scotland. I could only find the record of one Ward among the recorded dead, Neil Ward, Born 1826 (Who could possibly be the same Irish immigrant or the son/grandson of) who left a widow Ann (McAulay). Then we skip forward, but stay in the Lanarkshire area, to my Grandfather James Ward born around the early 1900's, who lost a brother in the first world war Peter Ward, married Agnes Welsh and had 11 children including my dad Patrick in1938 who moved to Edinburgh in the 1950's. If this in anyway coincides with any other Wards stories please let me know.

My father's surname is Ward. Interesting :)

ann jean melia
I had a great grandfather David Joseph Ward who was a tailor.His daughter was named Ellen Ward who married George Fulton in Liverpool England.

Hi im looking for any information my dad was from liverpol leslie ward he mum and moved to Macclesfield I would love to hear from anybody who knew my dad he sadly died aged 42 this aas 23 years ago hayley

Audan Ward
My last name is ward im Irish

Willy X Ward
I am WIllie Piet Ward in South Africa. I hear my great grand father landed in South Africa around World War two

Hannah Ward
now that I read this I guess being at the bottom of the register isn't too bad :)

John C, Ward
Hi :) I am the 5 generation born 1963 my dad was born in 1924 in Ontario,Canada his father was born 1888 in Ontario, Canada his father was born in 1861 in Ontario, Canada and his father was Alfred Walter Ward born England in about 1833 and his wife was Maria Jane Myers (German Desent) born 22 December in Ontario, Canada. P.S. Do you ever have a problem of picking up a irish accent when you are around irish people ( I do?) it makes me wouder.

Terry B
I am interested in finding my Fathers family. I am English, female, born in 1945. All I know of my Father is that his name was Johnny Ward he was a GI stationed in southern England and he came from the Sanfrenando Valley USA. it's all a long time ago but I would like to know if there is anyone who can connect with me .

Debra Blackwell Wall
Hi, I am heading to Ireland this month in search of my Ward and Wall family connections. Any good starting points or families who would share their information.

Susan Jennifer Ward
Hi my name is Susan Ward and I am looking for any information on the Ward family who lived in and around Sheffield in the mid to late 1800 up until the present time That is Sheffield England. I know that George was part owner of Mitchell main collieries that run under Sheffield and that he was an engineer and married Jane Hutton who came from a family of silversmiths possibly German in origin. Any information would be gratefully received

Peder E Ward
Hi, my name is Peder Ward, I’m 18 years old and lives in Norway. My great great great grandfather came to Norway from Sweden in the middle of 1800, his name was Anders Ward and was born 1823. All the Wards in Norway descended from Anders. I’m really interested in my family and want to find out where and why the Ward name came to Nordic. Anders Ward is on the top of my family tree right now, every Ward in Norway descent from him, and I don’t know who his ancestors were… But I hope I can find out and build my family tree even higher. So, if someone know ANYTHING about some Wards in the Nordic around the 1800, I’m glad to hear everything because I write some documents about it. You can contact me here with a comment or even better on facebook (Peder E Ward). Would have been fun to talk about the Ward family with someone. Sorry for my English and see my family tree in the link.

Paul Ward
I have my family tree going back to around 1850 or so, clustered around the Leeds area of Yorkshire, but also spreading out to across the NW of England and over to the US around 1920. As it's come to a dead end finding relatives prior to 1850, I am wondering if I start with Wards from around 1700 and work my way forward I might find a connection later on to my own tree...

Jenn Gilkison
Hi I am looking for a woman named Edna Elizabeth Ward who was in Bakersfield, CA in 1961. She was around 16-19 back in 1961. I need to find out some information! thank you. my email is

Edward Paul Ward
I was born in South Yorkshire, my father in Wallsend, but lots of family in North Yorkshire, try Hovingham,on a plaque in the church there are Wards, a couple did not come back from WW1, they are my family, my great great grandfather worked as a gamekeeper at Hovingham Hall for the Worsley family, he was Robert Edward Ward, hope this helps someone,

Sylvia Ward

My grandfather was born in Middlesbrough, England in 1901 and came to this country when he was 8 years of age.

Toni Pralle

I also have an abundance of Wards. My great grandfather was Daniel Dimmott/Demott/Dimmick Ward b. 1805 Prince Edward Island, Canada. He married 1st Margaret Full. Her parents were Loyalists. She died 1839. He married 2nd Harriet Newel Cooke dau. Manassah Cook/e. The "e" seems to be optional. Harriet died 1861 in Payson, Ill. Daniel gave away all the children still at home. My grandfather, Albert Lafayette Ward was given to the John Devlin family in Newton, Buchanan Co., Iowa. There was an Ann Ward married to his wife's brother, Peter McEnany. John's mother in law was Mary Ward McEnany. Both the Ward women were b. Ireland. Mary J. Ward McEnany died 14 March 1868 in Adams, Delaware Co., Iowa and was buried in Monti, Buchanan Co., Iowa. Ann Ward McEnany died 11 May 1886 in Buchanan County Iowa buried in Monti. I can't trace Daniel, Mary, or Ann any farther backward. I feel there must be a connection for Daniel to have given Albert to this family and perhaps the Ward women are related. I can't find any information about Daniel's birth in PEI. I have enough to trace him from Yarmouth, NS through two marriages and several states in the U.S. He and Harriet moved about every 2 years, sometimes back where they came from and sometimes back to Ontario, Canada. Daniel D. Ward died in Pennington Point, McDonough Co., Ill in 1880/1882.

mary ward

hi my name is sylvia ward i had family living in london my father william henry ward was moved to wales during the war my grandfather was sidney ward and my great grandfather was john benjimin ward thats all i have as they seem to have no trace any help wpuld be much apprieciated thank you

William Coaker
If you have the last sure name please comment this family originates from Cornwall

Ward from Saint Louis, Mo

My fathers name is ward, wards unite

My surname is also Ward, my brother and Sister are Mark and Kate-my Father is Gregory, his father is Peter, his wife is June and that's as far as I know of

Travis ward
Hi everyone from Australia.. My ggg grandad Joshua Ward came over to Melbourne 1850s with his two children from Liverpool any relations out there?

Susan ward
I am looking for my brother and relations in Liverpool and I would so my h like to see him my father Francis ward has now passed I never new him but I would love to meet the rest of my family

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