Camiforthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Camiforthay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Comberford, in Staffordshire having derived from the Old English elements cumbre and ford, and meant "ford of the Britons." 
Early Origins of the Camiforthay family
The surname Camiforthay was first found in Staffordshire at Comberford, a small village that dates back to 1187 when it was first listed as Cumbreford. 
Early History of the Camiforthay family
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Camiforthay 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 Camiforthay family name include Cumberford, Cummerford, Comberford, Cumber, Camelford, Camellford, Campbellford, Comerford and many more.
Early Notables of the Camiforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Camiforthay family to Ireland
Some of the Camiforthay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Camiforthay family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Camiforthay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Cumberford who settled in New England in 1743; James Cummiford arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)