Like many surnames, EZARD is sometimes given as a middle name to indicate a connection with the mother’s family. It can be a way of preserving the mother’s maiden name, i.e. her own family name. Sometimes the tradition continues through several generations with grandchildren and great-grandchildren also given the name in the middle as a reminder whence they came.
Here are some examples, and the list will grow as the research continues:
BESWICK, Edwin Ezard 1898-1917, named in remembrance of his grandmother Maria Ezard, 1829-1905, who married William Beswick in 1859. Edwin was baptised in Brandesburton in 1898. He emigrated to Australia with his parents John and Mary Elizabeth Beswick and served in the Australian Infantry Force during the First World War. He died of wounds (gas) on 9 October 1917 and is buried in the Nine Elms British Cemetery at Poperinghe, Belgium.
FARRALL, Eric Ezard 1910-1912, the only child of Edith Anne Ezard and her husband Joseph Farrall. He died as a toddler in the early months of 1912. The little family was short-lived: Joseph died in 1917, Edith in 1918. This line is from the Wirral group of EZARDs, who descend from Jane Ezard/George Clarkson (see The Clarkson Conundrum).
RUDD, William Ezard 1883-1918, the only son of William Rudd and his wife, Fanny Ezard. During WW1, he was a signaller in the Cheshire Regiment, Z Coy, 15th Battalion; Service No. 201806. He was killed in action near Pozière, France, on 28 March 1918, and is commemorated on the Pozière Memorial.
STOCKDALE, George Ezard (Snr) 1862-1933, grandson of Ellin Ezard, who married James Stockdale in 1821.
STOCKDALE, George Ezard (Jnr) 1887-1958, son of George Ezard Stockdale Snr and a great-grandson of Ellin Ezard 1804-1861.