Banforthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the name Banforthy date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Banforthy family 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 Banforthy family
The surname Banforthy 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 Banforthy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Banforthy 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 Banforthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Banforthy Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Banforthy are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Banforthy include: Bamford, Banford, Banforth, Balmforth and others.
Early Notables of the Banforthy 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. 
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Banforthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Banforthy family to Ireland
Some of the Banforthy 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 Banforthy family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Banforthy or a variant listed above: John Bamford, who settled in Virginia in 1624; John Bamford, who settled in Jamaica in 1685.
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