The Anglo-Saxon name Astleford comes from when the family resided in Yorkshire, where the surname is derived from the place-name Castleford in the West Riding. The place-name is derived from the Old English terms ceaster and forda, meaning fort and ford, respectively.
The surname Astleford was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Astleford include Castelford, Casselford, Castleford and others.