Branford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Branford family

The surname Branford was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1175 when Osbert de Brandeford held estates at Brandford in that shire.

Bransford is a village and civil parish in the Malvern Hills district of Worcestershire.

Early History of the Branford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Branford research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1455, 1487, 1327, 1339 and 1349 are included under the topic Early Branford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Branford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brandford, Brantford, Branford, Bramford, Bramptford, Braynford and many more.

Early Notables of the Branford family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Branford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Branford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Branford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elijah Branford, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [1]
  • Elijah Branford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [1]
  • James Branford, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Branford (post 1700) +

  • Evan Branford, American actor, known for Look Both Ways (2005), Trip to the Moon (2018) and Enigma (2015)
  • Victor Branford (1863-1930), British sociologist from Oundle, Northamptonshire, English founder of the Sociological Society, honorary member of the American Sociological Society
  • Frederick Victor Branford (1892-1941), born Frederick Victor Rubens Branford Powell, a British poet, best known for his verse about the horrors of World War I
  • Henrietta Branford (1946-1999), British fiction writer
  • William Branford Shubrick (1790-1874), American officer in the United States Navy
  • Branford Parker, American director and writer, known for We the Roses (2016) and The Opera Game (2017)
  • Branford Marsalis (b. 1960), American seven-time ASCAP Film and Television Music Award winning musician


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Constance.htm


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