The Damford surname is thought to have been a habitational name taken on from a place name; possibly from Darnford in Suffolk
, Great Durnford in Wiltshire
, or from Dernford Farm in Sawston, Cambridgeshire
. These place names are derived from the Old English words "dierne," meaning "hidden" and "ford," or in other words "a ford across a river."
Early Origins of the Damford family
The surname Damford was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Damford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Damford research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1327, 1568, 1570, 1639, 1455, 1487, 1626, 1674, 1634, 1622, 1699, 1634 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Damford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Damford Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Danforth, Danford, Danforde, Danforthe, Damforth and many more.
Early Notables of the Damford family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Danforth (1626-1674), an American Puritan minister, poet, and astronomer born in Framlingham, Suffolk
, arriving in Massachusetts in 1634; and Thomas... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Damford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Damford family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Damford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jeremy Damford, who landed in Virginia in 1637 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)