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The ancestors of the name Biford date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Biford family lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Biford is derived from the Old English words bi, which means by, and ford, which means ford. The surname Biford may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.

Biford Early Origins



The surname Biford was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the advent of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

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Biford Spelling Variations


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Biford Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Biford are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Biford include: Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.

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Biford Early History


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Biford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biford research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Biford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Biford or a variant listed above:

Biford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Sarah Biford, who landed in Maryland in 1674

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Contemporary Notables of the name Biford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Biford (post 1700)



  • Charles Biford, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 4th District, 1898

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Biford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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