Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Old
English weard ‘guard’ (used as both an agent noun and an
- 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.
- The surname Ward was brought to North America from England
independently by several different bearers in the 17th and 18th
centuries. Nathaniel Ward (1578–1652), author of the MA legal code,
was born in Haverhill, Suffolk, England, and emigrated to Agawam
(Ipswich, MA) in 1633. William Ward was one of the original settlers
of Sudbury, MA, in about 1638. Miles Ward came from
England to Salem, MA, in about 1639. Thomas Ward (d. 1689) settled
in Newport, RI, in 1671; among his descendants were two governors of
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