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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. 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.


The surname Bamford was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bamford research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1657 and 1612 are included under the topic Early Bamford History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bamford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bamford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • John Bamford, who settled in Jamaica in 1685

Bamford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G C Bamford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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


  • James B. Bamford (b. 1905), American politician, Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, 1953-55
  • 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
  • Maria Bamford (b. 1970), American stand-up comedian
  • James Bamford (b. 1946), American best selling author and journalist
  • 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
  • Samuel Bamford (1788-1872), English reformer and poet
  • Mr. Edward Bamford, British Marconi Operator from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Captain Edward Bamford VC, DSO (1887-1928), British officer in World War I who received the Victoria Cross
  • Gord Bamford (b. 1976), Australian country music singer


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The Bamford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bamford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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