name Blanforth comes from when the family resided 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 Blanforth family
The surname Blanforth 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 Blanforth family
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Blanforth Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Blanforth has been recorded under many different variations, including Blandford, Blandeford, Blanford and others.
Early Notables of the Blanforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blanforth family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Blanforth 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..