The Bauford surname is derived from a place name. As such it is categorized as a local
surname, first used where the original bearer of the name lived, held land, or was born. In France, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. The place name Beaufort is derived from the Old French words "beau," which means "beautiful," and "fort," which means "strong," but which also refers to a military fort.
Early Origins of the Bauford family
The surname Bauford was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where the family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
However, we must look to ancient England to find the first record of the family. Obviously of Norman ancestry, John de Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset was born illegitimately between 1371 and 1373. He was the son of John of Gaunt. He was appointed Knight, Order of the Garter c. 1397. In February 1397 his illegitimate birth was legitimated by Parliament and Papal decree. He was the progenitor of the Beaufort family in England.
Early History of the Bauford family
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Bauford Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Beaufort, Beaufor, Beaufors, Beauford, Beaufore, Beauforte, Baufort, Baufor, Baufors, Bauford, Baufore, Bauforte, Bofort, Bofor, Bofors, Boford, Bofore, Boforte, Beufort, Beufor, Beufors, Beufore, Beuforte and many more.
Early Notables of the Bauford family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family name at this time was John Beaufort (1373-1410), 1st Marquess of Somerset
, 1st Marquess of Dorset
, later only 1st Earl of Somerset, first of the four illegitimate children of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swynford, later his wife, Constable... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bauford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bauford family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Gaspar Beaufort who settled in Philadelphia in 1775; Philip Beaufort settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Rich. Beaufort, aged 18; settled in Virginia in 1635.
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