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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Ward Family Origin

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Ward Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ward family was Coal Miner. The most common Ward occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Ward's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ward.

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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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