Blatchford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Blatchford surname lived in one of two places called Blackford, both in the county of Somerset. One was a parish near Wincanton, while the other was a chapelry in the parish of Wedmore, near Axbridge. The name is derived from black ford, indicating a dark place in which there was a river crossing.
Early Origins of the Blatchford family
The surname Blatchford was first found in Dorset and the Isle of Wight, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Blatchford family
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Blatchford 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 Blatchford 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 Blatchford include: Blachford, Blatchford and others.
Early Notables of the Blatchford family (pre 1700)
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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 Blatchford or a variant listed above:
Blatchford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Blatchford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Blatchford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Blatchford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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