Bamford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Bamford begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in one of two places named Bamford in the counties of Derbyshire and Lancashire. [1] [2]

Later records show the name in Yorkshire as well. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English words beam, meaning tree or plank, and ford, meaning river crossing. In this case the name referred to a settlement near which there was a tree or plank laid across a river to make a dry crossing. [3]

Early Origins of the Bamford family

The surname Bamford was first found in Lancashire, where "the estate of Bamford was granted to Thomas de Bamfordby, Sir Adam de Bury, temp. Henry III, for his homage and services." [4]

As noted above, Yorkshire was later a stronghold of family as noted by early rolls. The Hundredorum Rolls list Richard de Bamford there in 1273 and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Adam Bamforth and Adam de Baumford. [4]

Another source notes: "In the 17th century there was an old family of Bamford of Bamford House; there was also another family of Bamford Hall. Jerome Bamford held land in the Mealegate in the manor of Manchester during the reign of Elizabeth. The name was well established in Rochdale parish in the 16th century, and still occurs there. There is a Lancashire village thus called." [5]

Early History of the Bamford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bamford research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1613, 1738, 1556, 1593, 1594, 1659, 1659, 1657, 1612 and are included under the topic Early Bamford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bamford Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bamford has undergone many spelling variations, including Bamford, Banford, Banforth, Balmforth and others.

Early Notables of the Bamford family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Bamford, last of the Bamford Hall line, Sheriff of Lancaster. James Balmford (b. 1556), was an English divine who published in 1593-1594, a 'Short and Plaine Dialogue concerning the unlawfulness of playing at cards,' London. [6] Samuel Balmford...
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Ireland Migration of the Bamford family to Ireland

Some of the Bamford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Bamford migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bamford were among those contributors:

Bamford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Bamford, who settled in Virginia in 1624
Bamford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G C Bamford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]
Bamford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Fredk. G. Bamford, aged 18, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [8]
  • Alexander F. Bamford, aged 19, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 from London, England [9]
  • Harold Bamford, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool via Halifax [10]
  • Walter Bamford, aged 54, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Brazos" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [11]
  • Phode Bamford, aged 51, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Brazos" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bamford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bamford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Margaret Bamford, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Tamarac" departing 26th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 11th July 1847 but she died on board [13]

Australia Bamford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bamford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Bamford, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Jonathan Bamford, English convict who was convicted in Derby, England for life, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [15]
  • Mr. Samuel Bamford, English convict who was convicted in Derby, England for life, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [15]
  • Mr. Moses Bamford, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [16]
  • Mr. William Bamford, (b. 1808), aged 32, Irish wool comber who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for desertion from the army, transported aboard the "British Sovereign" on 16th December 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died 1873 [17]
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New Zealand Bamford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bamford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas W. Bamford, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastian" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 7th October 1859 [18]
  • Mrs. J. Bamford, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastian" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 7th October 1859 [18]
  • Mr. R. H. Bamford, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1860 [19]
  • Mr. Matthew Bamford, (b. 1818), aged 41, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [18]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Bamford, (b. 1827), aged 32, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [18]
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West Indies Bamford migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [20]
Bamford Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Bamford, who settled in Jamaica in 1685

Contemporary Notables of the name Bamford (post 1700) +

  • Maria Bamford (b. 1970), American stand-up comedian
  • James Bamford (b. 1946), American best selling author and journalist
  • James B. Bamford (b. 1905), American politician, Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, 1953-55 [21]
  • Elmer E. Bamford (1864-1939), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1912, 1932; Delegate to Iowa convention to ratify 21st amendment from Appanoose County, 1933 [21]
  • Brian J. Bamford (1935-2021), English professional golfer who won the Schweppes PGA Close Championship in 1961
  • Samuel Bamford (1788-1872), English reformer and poet, born at Middleton, Lancashire, on 28 Feb. 1788, the son of an operative muslin weaver, afterwards governor of the Salford workhouse
  • John "Jack" Bamford (b. 1937), English youngest person to have received the George Cross
  • Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916-2001), English businessman, founder of the JCB heavy machinery company
  • Dr. Anne Bamford O.B.E., British Director of Education for Archdiocese of Southwark, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Education [22]
  • Captain Edward Bamford VC, DSO (1887-1928), British officer in World War I who received the Victoria Cross
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bradford City stadium fire
  • Herbert Bamford (1913-1985), from Bradford who attended the Bradford City and Lincoln City Third Division match on 11th May 1985 when the Bradford City stadium fire occurred and he died in the fire
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Edward Bamford, British Marconi Operator from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [23]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Frank Cecil Mayall Bamford (d. 1945), British Commander Surgeon aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [24]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Anthony B J Bamford (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]


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  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QX-C32 : 6 December 2014), Alexander F. Bamford, 03 Feb 1919; citing departure port London, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QF-52Q : 6 December 2014), Harold Bamford, 08 Feb 1919; citing departure port Liverpool via Halifax, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  11. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QJ-YZ7 : 6 December 2014), Walter Bamford, 17 Feb 1919; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Brazos, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  12. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QJ-YZW : 6 December 2014), Phode Bamford, 17 Feb 1919; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name Brazos, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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  24. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  25. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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