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

Biforthey Early Origins



The surname Biforthey 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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Biforthey Spelling Variations


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Biforthey 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 Biforthey 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Biforthey include: Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.

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Biforthey Early History


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Biforthey Early History



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

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Biforthey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biforthey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Biforthey 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 Biforthey or a variant listed above: 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.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Biforthey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biforthey 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 July 2014 at 11:15.

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