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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.

Byford Early Origins



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.

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Byford Spelling Variations


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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.

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Byford Early History


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Byford Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Byford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Byford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Byford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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 http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  • James Byford, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Byford (post 1700)


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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)
  • 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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Citations



  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 http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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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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