Normans first arrived in Britain following their Conquest of the island. It was a name for a greedy person. It derives from the Old French word goulafre, which means glutton.
Early Origins of the Colford family
Suffolk, where they held lands after the Norman Conquest. Roger Gulafre, Lord of Mesnil Bernard, held property in St. Evroult, Normandy in 1061.
Early History of the Colford family
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Colford Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Colford include Gulliver, Gullever, Gullifer, Gulliford, Galliford, Galliver, Gilliver and many more.
Early Notables of the Colford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colford family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Colfords to arrive on North American shores:
Colford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Colford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Colford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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