Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Byfithey is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Byfithey is derived from the Old English words bi, which means by, and ford, which means ford. The surname Byfithey may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Byfithey family
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 Byfithey family
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Byfithey Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Byfithey has been spelled many different ways, including Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Byfithey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byfithey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Byfitheys to arrive in 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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