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Where did the English Spafford family come from? What is the English Spafford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Spafford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Spafford family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Spafford comes from when the family resided in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire.
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 Spafford include Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spafford research. Another 234 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spafford History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Spafford 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:
Spafford Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Spafford Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Spafford Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Spafford Settlers in the United States in the 20th 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: Fidelis ad extremum
Motto Translation: Faithful to the extreme.
The Spafford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spafford 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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