There are two distinct sources for the Bafort surname. Some instances of the surname come from the Old French word "pafard," meaning "shield," and as such, the name may have been a Norman nickname
name either a soldier or an armorer. The name is also thought to have come from either of two minor places in Devon: Pafford in Moretonhampstead or Parford in Drewsteignton, both are derived from the Old English words "pæð" meaning "path," and "ford," meaning "a ford," that is, a low spot where a river may be crossed.
Early Origins of the Bafort family
The surname Bafort was first found in Nottinghamshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Bafort family
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Bafort Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bafort has been spelled many different ways, including Bafford, Bafforde, Baford, Bayford, Bafore, Pafford and many more.
Early Notables of the Bafort family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bafort family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Baforts to arrive in North America: Fred Paffard, and Henry Paffard, who were both on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871; and Thomas Pafford, a bonded passenger who was sent to Barbados or Jamaica in 1688..