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Ward Family History

Ward Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Old English weard ‘guard’ (used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).Irish: reduced form of McWard, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Bhaird ‘son of the poet’. The surname occurs throughout Ireland, where three different branches of the family are known as professional poets.Surname adopted by bearers of the Jewish surname Warshawski, Warshawsky or some other Jewish name bearing some similarity to the English name.Americanized form of French Guerin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Ward Families

  • Number of Ward families
     1,827 - 3,652
     610 - 1,826
     1 - 609
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ward families
     5,847 - 11,691
     1,950 - 5,846
     1 - 1,949
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ward families
     546 - 1,089
     183 - 545
     1 - 182
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ward Family Origin

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Ward Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Ward

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Ward Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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