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The many generations and branches of the Alvord family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a personal name Alfred. which literally means elf counsel.

Alvord Early Origins



The surname Alvord was first found in Kent and originated there, and is one of the oldest Saxon names. The family name, originally Alured is shown in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086, as a holder of lands in Kent even after the Norman invasion of 1066 by Duke William.

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Alvord Spelling Variations


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Alvord Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Alvord were recorded, including Alfred, Allfred, Alured, Aelfred, Alverd and others.

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Alvord Early History


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Alvord Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alvord research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 115 and 1155 are included under the topic Early Alvord History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Alvord Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Alvord Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Alvord Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Alvord family emigrate to North America:

Alvord Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander Alvord, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1637
  • Benedict Alvord, who arrived in Connecticut in 1637

Alvord Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Alvord, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • T M Alvord, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • S W Alvord, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Alvord (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Alvord (post 1700)



  • Clarence Walworth Alvord (1868-1928), American history professor and author, recipient of the 1918 Loubat Prize for his book "The Mississippi Valley in British Politics"
  • Henry Elijah Alvord (1844-1904), American university administrator, educator, and Army officer
  • Steven Lee "Steve" Alvord (b. 1964), American NFL football defensive tackle and defensive end who played from 1987 through 1992
  • William Alvord (1833-1904), American merchant, banker and politician, 14th Mayor of San Francisco (1871-1873), President of the Bank of California from 1878 until his death
  • Brigadier General Benjamin Alvord Jr. (1860-1927), American soldier, son of Benjamin Alvord
  • William Crawford "Uncle Bill" Alvord (1863-1927), American Major League Baseball third baseman who played from 1885 to 1893
  • Benjamin Alvord (1813-1884), American soldier, mathematician, and botanist
  • Thomas Gold Alvord (1810-1897), nicknamed "Old Salt", an American lawyer, merchant and politician educated at Yale
  • Burt "Burton" Alvord (1866-1910), American lawman and later outlaw of the Old West, who witnessed the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral at age 15
  • William E. Alvord, American politician, First Selectman of Manchester, Connecticut, 1909; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Manchester, 1912
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

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