The origins of the Bifforthe name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Bifforthe is derived from the Old English words bi,
which means by,
which means ford.
The surname Bifforthe may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Bifforthe family
The surname Bifforthe 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 Bifforthe family
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Bifforthe Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bifforthe were recorded, including Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Bifforthe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bifforthe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bifforthe family emigrate to 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.