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Where did the English Dunford family come from? When did the Dunford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dunford family history?In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Dunford surname lived in the town of Dunford in the northern county of Yorkshire. This West Riding town was first inhabited by the Dunford name in the early 1200's. One of the first records of the name was William de Dunneford who was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1332. A few years later William Dinford was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Dunford are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dunford include: Dunsford, Downford, Dounsford, Duinsford, Duneford and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunford research. Another 323 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Dunford History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dunford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dunford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dunford or a variant listed above:
Dunford Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dunford Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Dunford Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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