Byford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Byford family

The surname Byford 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 Byford family

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Byford Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Byford include Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.

Early Notables of the Byford family (pre 1700)

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United States Byford migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Byford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas, William, and Martha Byford, who arrived in Barbados in 1664
Byford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Byford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880

Australia Byford migration to Australia +

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

Byford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Byford, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]
  • James Byford, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Byford (post 1700) +

  • John Byford, American editor and director, known for Love Is... (2012), Head-Side Up (2014) and Truth Be Told (2011)
  • Sir Lawrence Byford CBE, QPM, DL (1925-2018), English police officer, Chief Inspector of Constabulary from 1983 to 1987
  • Timothy John Byford (1941-2014), English-born, author, film director, translator, and educator, known for Neven (1973), Poletarac (1980) and Tragom ptice dodo (1988)
  • Mark Byford (b. 1958), English former Deputy Director General of the BBC
  • Charles Watson Byford, English Justice of the Peace, and Lord Mayor of Leicester
  • Hazel Byford (b. 1941), English peer, Baroness Byford, Conservative member of the House of Lords
  • Ashley Byford, Canadian actress, known for her roles in Monter Brawl (2011) and Body Language (2010)
  • Roy Byford (1873-1939), British actor, known for Falstaff the Tavern Knight (1923), Treasure Trove (1922) and The Rivals (1938)
  • Martin Byford (b. 1972), British racing driver from Colchester
  • Donald Byford, English founder of D. Byford Co. Ltd, a hosiery manufacturer with two factories employing 1,400 people in 1919
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook
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