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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Byford research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Byford History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Byford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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, arrived in Barbados in 1664
Byford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Byford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880
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
- James Byford, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia
- John Byford, American editor and director, known for Love Is... (2012), Head-Side Up (2014) and Truth Be Told (2011)
- 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
- Peter Rodney "Biff" Byford (b. 1951), British vocalist with the heavy metal band "Saxon"
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- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
The Byford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Byford 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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