Ward (surname)

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Arms of the Ward family include Azure, a cross patoncé or[1] as well as azure, a cross flory or[2]

Ward is a popular Old English origin and Old Gaelic origin surname dating to before the Norman conquest of 1066 and Ireland, common in English-speaking countries.

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 storyteller 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.[3]

In the 2010 United States Census, Ward was the 79th most common surname.[4] It is the 78th most common surname in Ireland.[5] It was the 31st most common surname in the 1991 UK census and 40th in 2001 census,[6] and in 2007, was found to be the most common surname in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.[7]

People with the surname include:

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  1. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 241. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ Crozier, William Armstrong (1904). Crozier's General Armory: A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. Genealogical association. p. 132. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Surname: Ward". surnamedb.com. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  4. ^ "Frequently Occurring Surnames from the 2010 Census". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. ^ "100 Irish surnames explained". IrelandInformation.com.
  6. ^ Buchhorn, Wolfgang. "Names and That - Ward/Wards". www.lostancestors.eu.
  7. ^ "The 50 most common British surnames, by postal town" (PDF). The Guardian. 15 April 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2017.