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Where did the English Buford family come from? What is the English Buford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Buford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Buford family history?

Buford is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in the region of Burford in parishes in Oxfordshire and Salop.


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. Buford has been recorded under many different variations, including Burford, Bareford, Berford, Barford, Buford, Burfort and many more.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buford research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1329 is included under the topic Early Buford History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Buford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Buford or a variant listed above:

Buford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Buford, who landed in Virginia in 1635

Buford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Y Buford, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Mrs. M. P. Buford, aged 44, who emigrated to America, in 1892
  • Joseph S. Buford, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Buford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eleanor Roy Buford, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1903
  • C. N. Buford, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Charlotte Buford, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Blanche Buford, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Lucy D. Buford, aged 54, who settled in America, in 1907


  • George "Mojo" Buford (1929-2011), American blues harmonica player, best known for his work in Muddy Waters band
  • Algernon Sidney Buford (1826-1911), American president of the Richmond and Danville Railroad
  • Joe Buford (b. 1967), American NASCAR racecar driver from Franklin, Tennessee
  • Maury Anthony Buford (b. 1960), American NFL football punter
  • Napoleon Bonaparte Buford (1807-1883), American soldier, Union general in the American Civil War
  • William Buford (b. 1990), American basketball player
  • Abraham Buford (1747-1833), Continental Army officer during the American Revolutionary War, commanding officer of the American forces at the Battle of Waxhaws
  • Damon Buford (b. 1970), American retired Major League Baseball player
  • Bill Buford (b. 1954), American author and journalist
  • Donald Alvin Buford (b. 1937), American former Major League Baseball player



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The Buford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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