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The name Bickford has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Bickford, which was the name of several places in England. The surname Bickford 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.

Bickford Early Origins



The surname Bickford was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Bickford Spelling Variations


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Bickford Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bickford have been found, including Bickford, Bickerford and others.

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Bickford Early History


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Bickford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bickford research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1774, and 1834 are included under the topic Early Bickford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bickford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bickford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bickford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bickford, or a variant listed above:

Bickford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Bickford who settled in Warren, Maine, in the year of 1640
  • Sandi Bickford, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Stephen Bickford, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1679

Bickford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Bickford, who arrived in Antigua (Antego) in 1713

Bickford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • D C Bickford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A Bickford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Bickford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sydney Bickford, who landed in Mobile, Ala, in 1905

Bickford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Bickford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Caroline.htm
  • G. Whiteway Bickford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • Humphry Harding Bickford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848
  • Joseph Bickford, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • Stephen Bickford, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bickford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bickford (post 1700)



  • Bruce Emery Bickford (b. 1957), American gold medalist runner at the 1987 Pan American Games
  • Phillip Roger Bickford (b. 1995), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays
  • James John Bickford (1912-1989), American bronze medalist Olympic bobsledder
  • Charles Bickford (1891-1967), American three-time Academy Award nominated actor, known for The Song of Bernadette (1943), The Farmer's Daughter (1947), and Johnny Belinda (1948)
  • Bruce Bickford (b. 1947), American animated film maker who worked in clay animation, known for his collaboration with Frank Zappa from 1974 to 1980
  • John F. Bickford (1843-1927), American Medal of Honor recipient
  • Vernon Edgell Bickford (1920-1960), American Major League Baseball player
  • William Bickford (1841-1916), English entrepreneur who developed A.M. Bickford & Sons into a major drug company and successful soft-drink manufacturer
  • William Bickford (1815-1850), English-born immigrant to Australia from Devon who became the first pharmacist and pharmaceutical chemist in the colony of South Australia
  • William Bickford (1774-1834), English inventor of the safety fuse
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Bickford


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Suggested Readings for the name Bickford



  • Three Hundred Years of Bickfords in New Hampshire by Catherine Bickford Fahnestock.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Caroline.htm

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Bickford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bickford 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.

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