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.
Early Origins of the Bickforte family
The surname Bickforte was first found in Devon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bickforte family
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Bickforte Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Bickforte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bickforte family to the New World and Oceana
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..