The lineage of the name Bifithay begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Bifithay is derived from the Old English words bi,
which means by,
which means ford.
The surname Bifithay may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Bifithay family
The surname Bifithay 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 Bifithay family
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Bifithay Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bifithay has undergone many spelling variations
, including Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Bifithay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bifithay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bifithay were among those contributors: 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.