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

The name Walfour first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in one of the settlements called Walford in Dorset, Herefordshire, or Shropshire, or in Walford Hall in Warwickshire. The surname Walfour 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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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Walfour has appeared include Walford, Wallford and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, from about the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walfour research. Another 308 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1833 is included under the topic Early Walfour History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Walfour arrived in North America very early: Thomas and Jeremiah Walford who settled in Charles Town Massachusetts in 1630; Muse Walford settled in Barbados with his wife, four children, and servants, in 1678.

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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: Nosce teipsum
Motto Translation: Know thyself.

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