Origins Available: English
The name Attford is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a keeper of the ford or river crossing.
Early Origins of the Attford family
The surname Attford 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 Attford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Attford 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 Attford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Attford Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Attford include Forde, Ford, Alford and others.
Early Notables of the Attford 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 Attford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Attford family to Ireland
Some of the Attford 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 Attford family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Attford were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..