The ancestors of the name Byfforthay date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Byfforthay family lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Byfforthay is derived from the Old English words bi,
which means by,
which means ford.
The surname Byfforthay may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Byfforthay family
The surname Byfforthay was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, long before the advent of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Byfforthay family
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Byfforthay 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 Byfforthay 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 Byfforthay include: Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Byfforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byfforthay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Byfforthay or a variant listed above: William Byford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880; Thomas, William, and Martha Byford, arrived in Barbados in 1664; and later transferred to the mainland in Virginia.