The name Byforthay is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Byforthay is derived from the Old English words bi,
which means by,
which means ford.
The surname Byforthay may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Byforthay family
The surname Byforthay was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, long before the advent of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Byforthay family
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Byforthay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Byforthay family name include Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Byforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byforthay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Byforthay surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.