Basforde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Basforde belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Nottinghamshire having derived from the Old English word basaforde, which means the dweller by the birch-ford. Another reference suggests that the names was derived from the ford near the home of Bassa (Bassa's ford) or from the French expression le bas ford, meaning the lower ford. Today there are also towns named Basford in Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire and the surname may indicate a person's residence in one of these places.

Early Origins of the Basforde family

The surname Basforde was first found in Nottinghamshire, near Nottingham where one of the first records of the name was found as Chaplain de Basford who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.

Important Dates for the Basforde family

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Basforde Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Basforde include Bassford, Basford, Bassforde, Basforde, Bashford, Bashforde, Bashfield, Bashfeild and many more.

Early Notables of the Basforde family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Basforde family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Basforde were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Ann Basford who settled in Virginia in 1677; William Basford settled in Virginia in 1635; John Basford arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1866. Ann Bashfield settled in Virginia in 1650.

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