"I am looking for some clear information on the Warden Surname origin, specifically in the western isles of Scotland. I have read various theories, from being a descendant of Angus, son of Somerled... to William Wallace... to being either an occupational name that was adopted as a formal family name, and lastly, use based on geography. There is some (minimal) info from the Domesday book of one or more people having the name Warden (or variants) as early as 1100 A.D. ..."
"The name "Warden" isn't Scottish in language -- it can't exist in Scotland before 1072 (which is when the Normans made the treaty with Malcolm). But of course, many of the well known Scottish clans have names which come from the Normans -- Bruce, Ogilvie, Ramsay, Douglas, Stuart. I hadn't realized that Warden was a Scottish name as well as an English, though, so I thank you for that."
"The geography will get you into Northumberland, just over the border, but not Scotland per se. (That's because Warden as a place name is from the Anglo-Saxon, not the Scots Gaelic; "weard" meaning "guard, or watch" and "dun," meaning "hill". The Anglo-Saxon "weard" and the Norman "wardein" come from the same root, but that is beside the point at the moment. I just get caught up in this stuff.)"
"So it's most likely that your Scottish Warden origins do come from an ancestor who served as a warden, or guardian. It's not just, though, that your internet searches aren't getting you far -- it's not likely that you can take them back to their origins."
"The Domesday book info, by the way, won't help you -- it's the other version of Warden."
- http://thewardenfamily.info/page5.html (descendancy of Samuel Warden from Ireland)
- http://iagenweb.org/ringgold/familypages/files/wardenfattig.html (descendancy of Isaac Warden of Ireland)
- http://millsfamilyinfo.com/genealogy/william-warden-1675-1735/ (descendancy of William Warden of Charles County, Maryland)