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Where did the English Mumford family come from? What is the English Mumford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mumford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mumford family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Mumford comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Mundford in Norfolk, or in Montford-Sur-Risle or some other similarly-named place in France. The surname Mumford belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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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 Mumford include Mumford, Munford, Mundford and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mumford research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1496, 1606, 1666 and 1862 are included under the topic Early Mumford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mumford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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:

Mumford Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Mumford, who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • William Mumford settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Mumford, who landed in Rhode Island in 1650
  • Thomas Mumford (1625-1692) who participated in "the Pettaquamscutt Purchase" in 1657 on Rhode Island, he later became High Sheriff and Inspector General
  • Jeff Mumford, who landed in Virginia in 1663


Mumford Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Debora Mumford, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Margaret Mumford settled in Maryland in 1729

Mumford Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Mumford, who arrived in New York in 1846

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  • Lawrence Mumford (1903-1982), American librarian, 11th Librarian of the United States Congress from 1954-1974
  • Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), American social philosopher and writer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ethel Mumford (1877-1940), American writer
  • David Bryant Mumford (b. 1937), English-born, American mathematician awarded the Fields Medal in 1974 and the Wolf Prize in 2008
  • Marcus Oliver Johnston Mumford (b. 1987), American-born, English musician, best known as the lead singer of the band two-time Grammy nominated Mumford & Sons
  • George Mumford (b. 1818), American politician, Congressional Representative from North Carolina
  • Herbert Windsor Mumford I (1871-1938), American Professor of Agriculture at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (1901 to 1938)
  • Shane Mumford (b. 1986), Australian rules footballer
  • Enid Mumford (1924-2006), British social scientist, computer scientist and Professor Emerita of Manchester University
  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael Anthony "Mick" Mumford CSC, Australian Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

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  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Mumford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mumford 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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