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WARD - Name Meaning & Origin


WARD Surname Meaning & Origin:

1) An occupational name for a guard or watchman, from the Old English weard, meaning "guard."

2) A geographical name for a person who lived near a guardhouse or fortress.

Ward is the 71st most popular surname in the United States. Ward is also popular in England, coming in as the 31st most common surname.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname WARD:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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WARD Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - WARD Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Ward surname and its variations.

WARD Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Ward surname.

Cousin Connect - WARD Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - WARD Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Ward.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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