Ward name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ward

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Ward means "Son of the bard".
  2. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Ward is of Geez origin and means "To keep safe".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ward
  1. The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch (n.), 1."Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward." [Spenser.]
  2. One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection."For the best ward of mine honor." [Shak.]"The assieged castle's ward Their steadfast stands did mightily maintain." [Spenser.]"For want of other ward, He lifted up his hand, his front to guard." [Dryden.]
  3. The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody."And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard." [Gen. xl. 3.]"I must attend his majesty's command, to whom I am now in ward." [Shak.]"It is also inconvenient, in Ireland, that the wards and marriages of gentlemen's children should be in the disposal of any of those lords." [Spenser.]
  4. A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard."Thou knowest my old ward; here I lay, and thus I bore my point." [Shak.]
  5. One who, or that which, is guarded.
    1. A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.
      "You know our father's ward, the fair Monimia." [Otway.]
    2. A division of a county.
      (Eng. & Scot)
    3. A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.
      "Throughout the trembling city placed a guard, Dealing an equal share to every ward." [Dryden.]
    4. A division of a forest.
    5. A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward .
    1. A projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it.
    2. A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch.
      "The lock is made . . . more secure by attaching wards to the front, as well as to the back, plate of the lock, in which case the key must be furnished with corresponding notches." [Tomlinson.]

Etymology: AS. weard, fem., guard, weard, masc., keeper, guard; akin to OS. ward a watcher, warden, G. wart, OHG. wart, Icel. vörðr a warden, a watch, Goth. -wards in daúrawards a doorkeeper, and E. wary; cf. OF. warde guard, from the German. See Ware (a.) Wary, and cf. Guard Wraith

verb Ward
  1. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time."Whose gates he found fast shut, no living wight To ward the same." [Spenser.]
  2. To defend; to protect."Tell him it was a hand that warded him From thousand dangers." [Shak.]
  3. To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.(Obs)
  4. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off."Now wards a felling blow, now strikes again." [Daniel.]"The pointed javelin warded off his rage." [Addison.]"It instructs the scholar in the various methods of warding off the force of objections." [I. Watts.]

Etymology: OE. wardien, AS. weardian to keep, protect; akin to OS. ward�n to watch, take care, OFries. wardia, OHG. wart�n, G. warten to wait, wait on, attend to, Icel. var�a to guarantee defend, Sw. vårda to guard, to watch; cf. OF. warder, of German origin. See Ward (n.), and cf. Award Guard Reward

verb Ward
  1. To be vigilant; to keep guard.
  2. To act on the defensive with a weapon."She redoubling her blows drove the stranger to no other shift than to ward and go back." [Sir P. Sidney.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)
  2. Block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care ("they put her in a 4-bed ward")
  3. A district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections
  4. A person who is under the protection or in the custody of another
  5. United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913)
  6. English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920)
  7. English economist and conservationist (1914-1981)
  8. Watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect

Germanic, cognate with ward, warden, guard etc.

  1. An English occupational surname​ for a guard or watchman.

Ward was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

Notable Persons Named Ward

Notable Persons Named Ward

Ward Bond

Ward Bond was an actor and singer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1929 to 1960. Ward was given the name Wardell Edwin Bond on April 9th, 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska, U.S. He breathed his last breath on November 5th, 1960.

Ward Cunningham

Ward Cunningham is a programmer and computer programmer. He was most prominent from 1984 to present. Ward was given the name Howard G. Cunningham on May 26th, 1949 in Michigan City, Indiana, United States.

Ward Churchill

Ward Churchill is an author. Ward was given the name Ward LeRoy Churchill on October 2nd, 1947 in Urbana, Illinois, U.S.

Ward Hill Lamon

Ward Hill Lamon was an attorney, bodyguard, u.s. marshal, and united states marshals service. Ward was born on January 6th, 1828 in Winchester, Virginia, U.S. He died on May 7th, 1893.

Ward Horton

Ward Horton is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2000. Ward was given the name Ward Kirby Horton on January 14th, 1976 in Morristown, New Jersey.

Ward Kimball

Ward Kimball was an animator and musician. His career lasted from 1935 to 1980. Ward was given the name Ward Walrath Kimball on March 4th, 1914 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. He passed away on July 8th, 2002.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ward

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ward

Andre Ward

Andre Ward is a boxer. Andre was born on February 23rd, 1984 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

Sela Ward

Sela Ward is an actress, author, producer, and spokesperson. She has had major accomplishments since 1983. Sela was given the name Sela Ann Ward on July 11th, 1956 in Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.

Gemma Ward

Gemma Ward is a model. Gemma was given the name Gemma Louise Ward on November 3rd, 1987 in Perth.

Lynd Ward

Lynd Ward was an artist in the fields of illustration and wordless novel. Lynd was given the name Lynd Kendall Ward on June 26th, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He breathed his last breath on June 28th, 1985.

Micky Ward

Micky was born on October 4th, 1965 in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S. Micky is also known as Ward and George Michael.

Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward is an actor, film director, screenwriter, and actress. She has been prominent since 1979. Rachel was given the name Rachel Claire Ward on September 12th, 1957 in Cornwell, Oxfordshire, England.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ward U.S.
  White 75.58% 64.26%
  African American 18.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.91% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.44% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ward

People with the last name Ward are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ward

  • What name lists does Ward rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Ward? Ward is the 2,061st most popular name of all time. As a last name Ward was the 79th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ward have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,823 babies born with the first name Ward in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ward to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ward? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 30 new born babies.
  • When was Ward first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ward is Thursday, February 27th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Ward born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ward was in 1961 with a total of 340 babies.
  • Random Ward Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ward is not a popular baby boy's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Connecticut have the same name in 1917.
  • Weird things about the name Ward: The name spelled backwards is Draw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Darw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ward? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 260,464 people with the last name Ward.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ward? Ward was ranked as the 79th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Ward name meaning

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