Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Byforth is derived from the Old English words bi, which means by, and ford, which means ford. The surname Byforth may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Byforth 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 Byforth family
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Byforth Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Byforth have been found, including Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Byforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byforth family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Byforth, or a variant listed above: 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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