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Byfithay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Byfithay is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Byfithay is derived from the Old English words bi, which means by, and ford, which means ford. The surname Byfithay may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.

Early Origins of the Byfithay family

The surname Byfithay was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the advent of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Byfithay family

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Byfithay Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Byfithay were recorded, including Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.

Early Notables of the Byfithay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Byfithay family to the New World and Oceana

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Byfithay family emigrate to North America: 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.

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