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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


Similar surnames: Bard, Hard, Card, Wand, Gard, Yard, Wald, Seward, Ware, Hand

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Where is the Ward family from?

You can see how Ward families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ward family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ward families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 11,691 Ward families living in Yorkshire. This was about 17% of all the recorded Ward's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Ward families in 1891.
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What did your Ward ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ward. 6% of Ward men worked as a General Labourer and 63% of Ward women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ward were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    63%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 239,000 immigration records available for the last name Ward. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 390,000 military records available for the last name Ward. For the veterans among your Ward ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ward lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ward life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ward in 1940 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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