When Elijah Ward was born on 7 January 1757, in Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Hezekiah Ward, was 31 and his mother, Hannah Bellows, was 30. He married Lucy Newton on 27 June 1780, in Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters.
English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Middle English ward ‘watchman, guard’ (Old English weard, used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).
English: occupational name from Middle English warde ‘armed guard’ (Old English weard ‘watching, guarding’), with the same meaning as 1 above.
Irish: shortened 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.