In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Blandfard surname lived in the region of Blandford
. Further research revealed that the name is derived from ford where gudgeons abound
around the county of Dorset.
Early Origins of the Blandfard family
The surname Blandfard was first found in Dorset
where they have held a family seat
from very ancient times before the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Blandfard family
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Blandfard 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 Blandfard 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 Blandfard include: Blandford, Blandeford, Blanford and others.
Early Notables of the Blandfard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blandfard family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Blandfard or a variant listed above: Alexander Blandford settled in New England
in 1699; John Blandford settled in Jamaica in 1684; John Blandford settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1620..