The ancestors of the bearers of the Alsford family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found beside or close to an old ford.
Early Origins of the Alsford family
The surname Alsford 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 Alsford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alsford 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 Alsford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alsford Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Alsford include Allford, Alford, Aleford, Aldeford, Alforde, Allferd, Alferd, Allforth, Alforth, Alsford and many more.
Early Notables of the Alsford 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 Alsford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alsford family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Alsford or a variant listed above: 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..