Ward (surname)

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Ward is a popular Old English origin and Old Gaelic origin surname dating to before the Norman conquest of 1066 and Ireland.

The Old English name derives from an occupational surname for a civil guard/keeper of the watch, or alternately as a topographical surname from the word "werd" ("marsh").

The Old Gaelic surname derives from "Mac an Bhaird" ("son of the Bard"). A bard being a story teller or poet.

The two names are completely unrelated ethnically one being Germanic and the other Celtic. The oldest public record of the surname dates to 1176.[1] People with the surname include:

People with surname Ward[edit]

Disambiguation of common given names with this surname[edit]


Politics and military[edit]



Paul Ward born 1964 Motorcycle racer [2] Steve Ward motorcycle racer[3] Carl Ward motorcycle racer[4]


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  1. ^ "Surname: Ward". surnamedb.com. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  2. ^ iomtt.com
  3. ^ iomtt.com
  4. ^ iomtt.com