Early Origins of the Beauforth family
The surname Beauforth was first found in Norfolk
. The name literally means "fair faith" and claims descent from "a locality now called Beau-Fai, in the arrondissement of Mortagne, in Normandy
. Ralph de Bella Faago, or Beaufoy, accompanied the Conqueror, and became a tenant
in chief in Norfolk
and Suffolk. He was a near relative of William be Beaufoe, the Conqueror's chancellor and chaplain." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Swanton Moreley, where Robert de Belfou was Lord of that manor and held many other lordships in that county.
John Beaufort, 1st Marquess of Somerset and 1st Marquess of Dorset, KG (c. 1373-1410) was the first of the four children of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swynford. He was the progenitor of what would later be known as the House of Beaufort, a line of wealthy and powerful English nobles.
Early History of the Beauforth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beauforth research.Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1447, 1406, 1455, 1431 and 1501 are included under the topic Early Beauforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Beauforth Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Beaufoy, Beauford, Beauford, Beaufort, Beauforest, Beauforth, Bewfort, Bewford, Bufoy, Ballafay, Belfou, Beaufow and many more.
Early Notables of the Beauforth family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Beaufort (1377-1447), English prelate; Edmund Beaufort, (1406-1455), 2nd Duke of Somerset
, an English nobleman and an important figure in the Wars of the Roses and the Hundred
Years' War, he received the titles of 4th Earl of Somerset, was created... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beauforth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Beauforth family to Ireland
Some of the Beauforth family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Beauforth family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Beauforth or a variant listed above were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..