Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Biffeard is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Biffeard is derived from the Old English words bi,
which means by,
which means ford.
The surname Biffeard may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Biffeard family
The surname Biffeard was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, long before the advent of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Biffeard family
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Biffeard Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Biffeard has been spelled many different ways, including Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Biffeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Biffeard family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Biffeards to arrive in North America: 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.