Origins of the Hayward surname

What does the name Hayward mean?

The origin of the Hayward surname is English, it is an occupational name that comes from the old official title of 'Hayward' (cattle keeper or hedge watcher) and would be given to those who undertook their obligations and their descendants. The Hayward would be in charge of watching the communal cattle for a particular town or village, and in some cases would protect crops from thieves and trim hedges.

Alternative variations of the name Hayward

Hayward, Haywood, Haywards, Heyward, Hayword

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OrkneyShetlandHighlandsWestern IslesGrampianTaysideCentralStrathclydeFifeLothianBordersDumfriesNorth East 100North West 277Isle of Man 10Yorkshire 603East Midlands 171West Midlands 1137East 832London 2905South East 1543South West 1095South Wales 437Mid Wales 21West Wales 3North Wales 80Republic of IrelandNorthern Ireland

In 1921, most Haywards lived in london

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285th most common surname in the UK

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Common jobs for Haywards

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Commmon female occupations for Haywards in 1921





General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means


Commmon male occupations for Haywards in 1921

Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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