Now Rare an official in charge of fences or hedges around public pastures, who impounds stray cattle
Origin of haywardMiddle English heiward from hei, hedge ( from Old English hege, akin to haga, haw and from Old French haie from Frankish an unverified form hagja, cognate with Old English hege) + ward, a guardian: see ward
Origin of Haywardafter W. Hayward (1815–91), local landowner city in W Calif.: suburb of Oakland
- 1881, The Antiquary, vol III, p255
- The hayward at the same place had an acre of the lord's corn in autumn, always in a certain part of the field.
- 1890, Jean Jules Jusserand, English Wayfaring Life in the Middle Ages, p24
- A horn, such as our man wears, was always worn by a hayward, who used to blow it to warn off people from straying in the crops.
hay + -ward
- A surname.