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Where did the English Bickforte family come from? What is the English Bickforte family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bickforte family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bickforte family history?

Bickforte is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Bickford, which was the name of several places in England. The surname Bickforte 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.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bickforte has been recorded under many different variations, including Bickford, Bickerford and others.

First found in Devon, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Bickforte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bickforte or a variant listed above: 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..


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