Origins Available: English
name Atford comes from when its first bearer worked as a keeper of the ford or river crossing.
Early Origins of the Atford family
The surname Atford was first found in Devon
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.
Early History of the Atford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atford research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1804, 1640, 1642, 1586, 1640, 1559, 1616, 1594, 1615, 1598, 1674, 1662, 1619, 1699, 1619, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Atford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Atford 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 Atford include Forde, Ford, Alford and others.
Early Notables of the Atford family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Ford or Foord (c.1559-1616?), Church of England
clergyman, he may have been the same William Ford who became Rector of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire
in 1594 or the William Ford who became Vicar of Bristow, Herefordshire
in 1615; Thomas Ford (1598-1674), an English... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atford family to Ireland
Some of the Atford family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atford 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 Atford or a variant listed above: Charles Ford who settled in Virginia in 1635; John Ford settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Edward, Frederick, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Phillip, Richard, Thomas and William Ford all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..