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Biffard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Biffard comes from when the family resided near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Biffard is derived from the Old English words bi, which means by, and ford, which means ford. The surname Biffard may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.

Early Origins of the Biffard family

The surname Biffard was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the advent of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Biffard family

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Biffard Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Biffard include Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.

Early Notables of the Biffard family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Biffard family to the New World and Oceana

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Biffard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Matthew Biffard, who arrived in Nevis in 1654

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