The lineage of the name Alforthay begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived beside or close to an old ford.
Early Origins of the Alforthay family
The surname Alforthay was first found in Lincolnshire
at Alford, a market-town and parish, in the union of Spilsby, Wold division of the hundred
of Calceworth. The place name derives its name from an old ford over a stream that twice runs through it. The first record of the place name was found in the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Alforde. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Alford Manor House is located there and is believed to be the largest thatched manor house in England
, built about 1611. Alford Windmill is a five-sailed windmill, the only survivor of the four original windmills that operates today grinding grain to organic flour. Alford is also a village and parish on the River Alham, in Somerset
. This latter local
was listed in the Domesday Book
as Aldedeford and in this case it literally meant "ford of a woman called Ealdgyth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"In the 9th of Elizabeth, Francis Alforde claimed the manor [of Widness with Appleton in Lancashire] by grant from the queen." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another Alford is found in Surrey
where it is a village and civil parish on the West Sussex
border. It is difficult to determine which of these parishes was the original home of this family, but more than likely the Lincolnshire
estates were the first owned by the family group. The family later migrated to Berkshire, where it became a family of great prominence.
Early History of the Alforthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alforthay research.Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1184, 1273, 1275, 1634, 1641, 1763, 1908, 1590, 1649, 1626, 1648, 1595, 1653, 1628, 1644, 1645, 1691, 1679, 1690, 1626, 1636, 1686 and 1761 are included under the topic Early Alforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alforthay Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Alforthay has undergone many spelling variations
, including Allford, Alford, Aleford, Aldeford, Alforde, Allferd, Alferd, Allforth, Alforth, Alsford and many more.
Early Notables of the Alforthay family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Alford (c.
1590-1649), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1626 and 1648; Sir Edward Alford (ca. 1595-1653), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1628 and 1644... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alforthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alforthay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Alforthay were among those contributors: Richard Alford, who settled in Virginia in 1624; at the age of 26. He was followed by John, also to Virginia in 1663; and Nico Alford who settled in St. Christopher, Florida, in 1635..