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Bickford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Bickford family


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

Early History of the Bickford family


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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.

Early Notables of the Bickford family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bickford family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Stephen Bickford, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1679 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Bickford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Bickford, who arrived in Antigua (Antego) in 1713 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Bickford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • D C Bickford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • A Bickford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Bickford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sydney Bickford, who landed in Mobile, Ala, in 1905 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Bickford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Bickford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839 [2]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  • Humphry Harding Bickford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GRATITUDE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Gratitude.gif
  • Joseph Bickford, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm
  • Stephen Bickford, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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.)

Suggested Readings for the name Bickford


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

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Caroline.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GRATITUDE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Gratitude.gif
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm

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