The surname Ward is of English origin.The name Ward is an occupational name,from Old English weard, meaning ‘watchman,guard’.During the Middle Ages guards and watchman were needed for the protection of property,when unbridled passion and violence were a way of life,even more so than the present time;suffice to say that violence on the streets was commonplace.There was little means of enforcing the laws as far as the common man was concerned;policeman were unknown.There were watchman who usually carried a horn to sound the alarm,and upon hearing it every peasant was supposed to give chase.The Ward was the common guard or watchman in England.The Irish have adopted the name as an anglicization of the Gaelic Mac an Bhaird,as have Jewish people for an anglicization of Warszawski.The name dates back to the eleventh century were a John Warde is recorded in historical archives.A bearer of this name,a Nathaniel Ward(1578-1652),was one of the authors of the first legal code to be enacted in New England,he was born in Suffolk,Engl… Coat of arms: Azure,a cross between four eag…
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