Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Biffart surname lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Biffart is derived from the Old English words bi, which means by, and ford, which means ford. The surname Biffart may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Biffart family
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 Biffart family
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Biffart Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Biffart are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Biffart include: Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Biffart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Biffart family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Biffart or a variant listed above: William Byford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880; Thomas, William, and Martha Byford, arrived in Barbados in 1664; and later transferred to the mainland in Virginia.
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