The present generation of the Blanferd family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Blanferd family
The surname Blanferd 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 Blanferd family
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Blanferd Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Blanferd include Blandford, Blandeford, Blanford and others.
Early Notables of the Blanferd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blanferd family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Blanferd were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alexander Blandford settled in New England
in 1699; John Blandford settled in Jamaica in 1684; John Blandford settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1620..