Bickfithay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The present generation of the Bickfithay family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Bickford, which was the name of several places in England. The surname Bickfithay is derived from the Old English words becca, which refers to a type of ax, and ford, which refers to a shallow place in a river.
Early Origins of the Bickfithay family
The surname Bickfithay was first found in Devon at Bickford Town in Plympton St. Mary parish or from Beckford Farm in Membury. 
"The manor of Carburrow, [in the parish of Warleggon. Cornwall] and the barton of Trevedoc, have been for a considerable time in the family of their present proprietor Arscott Bickford, Esq. of Dunsland in Devonshire. The old mansion still remains; but it is no longer the abode of grandeur." 
Some sources note that the family could have originated in Beckford, Gloucestershire. This parish, in the union of Winchcomb, partly in the hundred of Tibaldstone dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Beccanford in 803.  By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the parish was known as Beceford. 
In the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, there was a strong presence of the family in Gloucestershire where (Prior) de Bekeford; Adam de Beckeford; and Henry de Beckeford were listed at that time. Alex, de Bikeford was listed in Staffordshire in the same rolls.  Of the latter, the village of Bickford in Staffordshire survives today.
Early History of the Bickfithay family
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Bickfithay 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 Bickfithay include Bickford, Bickerford and others.
Early Notables of the Bickfithay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bickfithay 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 Bickfithay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Stephen Bickford who settled in Warren, Maine, in the year of 1640; and other members of the family settled in New Hampshire at Henniker, Sabornton, and Nottingham..