Bickforte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 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 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
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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