Hayward was the surname of at least one Hobbit, Hob Hayward.
The word is derived from hay 'fence' + ward 'guard'.
The English word refers to a local official with the duty of inspecting fences and keeping cattle from straying, and survives in the very common real-life surname Hayward.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 759