Ward Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Ward Name Meaning: Of English and Irish origin. The Irish name comes form the Gaelic Mac an Bhaird meaning ‘son of the poet’ The old English name comes from the occupational name for a guard or watchman. Ward may also have been given as a name to someone who lived near a guardhouse.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Ward Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Ward family

Profession Census Frequency
General Labourer 887
Living On Own Means 830
General Servant Domestic 616
Dress Maker 533
Cotton Weaver 473
Farmer 434
Scholar 379
Cook Domestic 318
Domestic Servant 297
Coal Miner Hewer 284
Agricultural Labourer 271
Bricklayer 204
Charwoman 190
Laundress Wash 188
Ordinary Agricultural Labourer 183
Carpenter 175
Housemaid Domestic 171
School 158
Dock Labourer 154
House Keeper Domestic 153
Butcher 148
Servant Domestic 148
House Maid Domestic 141
Gardener Domestic 137
House Painter 136

Ward Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Ward 100% 471,018
2 Word 75% 7,581
3 Warde 80% 3,273
4 Wride 40% 1,818
5 Eward 80% 155
6 Wrede 40% 103
7 Award 80% 102
8 Weard 80% 100

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The surname Ward is the most popular version of all its varients

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