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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Berford is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the region of Burford in parishes in Oxfordshire and Salop.

Berford Early Origins



The surname Berford was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Berford Spelling Variations


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Berford Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Berford has been spelled many different ways, including Burford, Bareford, Berford, Barford, Buford, Burfort and many more.

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Berford Early History


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Berford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Berford research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1329 is included under the topic Early Berford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Berford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Berford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Berford In Ireland


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Berford In Ireland



Some of the Berford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Berfords to arrive in North America:

Berford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Berford, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Berford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Berford, aged 19, arrived in New York NY in 1804
  • Peter Berford, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mr. Berford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The Berford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Berford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 March 2015 at 10:47.

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