Origins Available: English
Atforde is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a keeper of the ford or river crossing.
Early Origins of the Atforde family
The surname Atforde 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 Atforde family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atforde 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 Atforde History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Atforde Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Atforde has appeared include Forde, Ford, Alford and others.
Early Notables of the Atforde 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 Atforde Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atforde family to Ireland
Some of the Atforde 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 Atforde family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Atforde arrived in North America very early: 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..