Ward Coat of Arms can be purchased on t-shirts, mugs, tote bags and stationary, including U.S. postage stamps. In addition we have other designs featuring your Ward surname such as flags, Celtic cross, Celtic knot and more. If you would like to purchase a 8 x 10 JPG file of this coat of arms, suitable for Photo printing and framing, just Send me an Email and I will respond promptly. If you are looking for Spanish Coat of Arms visit Our sister store or go to Name Game for Italian names and gifts featuring national symbols and flags from around the world.
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Irish surnames names are many and varied. Due to its thousand year history of invasion and conflict, first came the Vikings then the Norman’s and last the the protestant English. All of these groups came to Ireland to conquer her but they fell in love and stayed in Ireland. They married into the local Gaelic families and each other giving Ireland a very wide variety of surnames from all these different cultural influences. Traditional Irish names like Kearney and Doherty with Gaelic roots, Norman names such as Burke and Barry that can be traced all the way back to the 12th century, Viking names like Doyle and of course the hundreds names of Scotsmen who arrived in the 16th and 17th century.
Most traditional Irish names come from four sources; nicknames, place names, occupation names and of course patronymic names. Conghaile the Gaelic for “valorous” became Anglicized to the Irish name Connelly. The tradition of naming for places or landmarks is common throughout Europe. The name Cullen comes from the Gaelic for “holy tree”. The most common occupation name in Ireland is Clark which came from the occupation of church clerks. The patronymic name forms of Ireland are the Mc or Mac names meaning “son of” the “O” form meaning the “grandson” or “family of” and Fitz which is the Norman French version of “Son of”. Now let us explore your name.
The surname ward is common throughout England Ireland and Wales. It is generally considered an occupation name it comes from the Old English weard which meant a guard. In Ireland however this is usually an anglicized version of the names mac an Bhaird which meant descendant of the Bard. There are three main branches of the Ward family in Ireland. One in Galway, another in county Donegal and a third in Tyrone all of whom were hereditary poets. The Galway Ward’s served the O’Kelly’swhile the Donegal family were bards for the O’Donnell clan. The Tyrone Ward’s took the name later, they served the ONeill’s.