name Biffithay comes from the family having resided near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Biffithay is derived from the Old English words bi,
which means by,
which means ford.
The surname Biffithay may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Biffithay family
The surname Biffithay 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 Biffithay family
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Biffithay Spelling Variations
Biffithay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Biffithay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Biffithay family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Biffithays to arrive on North American shores: 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.