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

The name Patford is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in the region of Patty's field. Patford is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Patford 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Patford include: Padfield, Paddfield, Padfild, Padfeld, Padefeld, Patfield, Padford, Paddford, Patford and many more.

First found in county Staffordshire, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Patford research. Another 298 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1321, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Patford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Patford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Patford or a variant listed above: Albert Padfield, aged 3, who arrived at Ellis Island from Blaenavon in 1906; Alice May Padfield, aged 37, who arrived at Toronto, Canada in 1922; Enoch Padfield, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island from Liverpool in 1905.

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The Patford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Patford 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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