The origins of the Bifforthay name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Bifforthay was originally derived from a family having lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Bifforthay is derived from the Old English words bi,
which means by,
which means ford.
The surname Bifforthay may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Bifforthay family
The surname Bifforthay 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 Bifforthay family
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Bifforthay 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 Bifforthay include Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Bifforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bifforthay 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: 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.