Banforthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Banforthay name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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. 
Early Origins of the Banforthay family
The surname Banforthay 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." 
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. 
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." 
Early History of the Banforthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banforthay 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 Banforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Banforthay 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 Banforthay has undergone many spelling variations, including Bamford, Banford, Banforth, Balmforth and others.
Early Notables of the Banforthay 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. 
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Migration of the Banforthay family to Ireland
Some of the Banforthay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 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 Banforthay family
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 Banforthay were among those contributors: John Bamford, who settled in Virginia in 1624; John Bamford, who settled in Jamaica in 1685.
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