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

The Playford surname is a habitation name derived from a place name in Suffolk. The place name in turn comes from the Old English word "plega," meaning "sport" and "ford," referring to a ford in a river. Perhaps the place was originally a site of sporting contests; however any evidence of this has been lost over time.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Playford, Playforde and others.

First found in Suffolk where the first on record is Fulcher de Pleiforda, listed in the Pipe Rolls of Suffolk in 1130.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Playford research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1596, 1608, 1623, 1686 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Playford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Playford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Playford, who arrived at the port of Philadelphia in 1800; William Playford, who arrived at the port of Philadelphia in 1800; Robert Playford, who came to Alexandria, Vermont in 1818 with his children Rob William, Sophia and Harriot.

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  • Henry Playford (1657-1707), English music publisher
  • Thomas Playford (1837-1915), Premier of South Australia from 1887 to 1889 and 1890 to 1892, and the Australian Federal Minister for Defence from 1905 to 1907
  • Sir Thomas Playford (1896-1981), Australian politician, namesake of the city of Playford, Australia, grandson of Thomas Playford
  • Herbert Harlee Playford (1831-1883), British rower
  • Francis Playford (1825-1896), British rower
  • Peter Playford (b. 1980), Australian rugby union player


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  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Playford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Playford 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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