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Where did the English Gilford family come from? What is the English Gilford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gilford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gilford family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Gilford comes from when the family resided in the village of Guildford, which was in the county of Surrey. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word guilford which denoted the "ford where the marigolds grew."
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gilford include Guildford, Guildeford, Guilford, Gilford and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilford research. Another 262 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1500 is included under the topic Early Gilford History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gilford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Gilford Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Gilford Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Animo et fide
Motto Translation: By courage and faith.
The Gilford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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