Show ContentsCamelforthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Camelforthay date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Comberford, in Staffordshire having derived from the Old English elements cumbre and ford, and meant "ford of the Britons." [1]

Early Origins of the Camelforthay family

The surname Camelforthay was first found in Staffordshire at Comberford, a small village that dates back to 1187 when it was first listed as Cumbreford. [1]

Early History of the Camelforthay family

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Camelforthay Spelling Variations

Camelforthay has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Camelforthay have been found, including Cumberford, Cummerford, Comberford, Cumber, Camelford, Camellford, Campbellford, Comerford and many more.

Early Notables of the Camelforthay family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Camelforthay family to Ireland

Some of the Camelforthay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Camelforthay family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Camelforthays to arrive on North American shores: John Cumberford who settled in New England in 1743; James Cummiford arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook