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Bayforthe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Bayforthe name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Bayforthe is derived from the Old English words bi, which means by, and ford, which means ford. The surname Bayforthe may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.

Early Origins of the Bayforthe family

The surname Bayforthe was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the advent of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Bayforthe family

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Bayforthe 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 Bayforthe has undergone many spelling variations, including Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.

Early Notables of the Bayforthe family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Bayforthe family to the New World and Oceana

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 Bayforthe were among those contributors: William Byford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880; Thomas, William, and Martha Byford, arrived in Barbados in 1664; and later transferred to the mainland in Virginia.

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