Danford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Danford 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 Danford family

The surname Danford was first found in Northamptonshire at Denford, a parish, in the union of Thrapston, hundred of Huxloe. [1] Upper Denford is a hamlet in Berkshire, England, and part of the civil parish of Kintbury and this may the source of the family too. [2]

Early History of the Danford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Danford research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1327, 1568, 1570, 1639, 1455, 1487, 1626, 1674, 1634, 1622, 1699, 1634, 1692, 1634, 1643, 1657, 1658, 1659, 1679, 1686, 1681, 1686, 1650 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Danford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Danford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Danforth, Danford, Danforde, Danforthe, Damforth and many more.

Early Notables of the Danford 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 Danforth (1622-1699), born in Framlingham, Suffolk, he emigrated to New England in 1634 with his family and later became a judge for the 1692 Salem witch trials. He was son of Nicholas Danforth of Framlingham and was "taken by his father to America in 1634, and became an inhabitant of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman of that town in 1643...
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United States Danford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Danford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Danford, who settled in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Thomas Danford, who settled in New England in 1650
  • Samuel Danford, who settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1674
  • Mary Danford, who settled in Virginia in 1699
Danford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Danford, who arrived in America in 1718
Danford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Danford, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • George Danford, who settled in New York, NY in 1822
  • George Danford, who arrived in San Francisco in 1851
  • Amy Danford, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Nita Danford, aged 17, who immigrated to America from Dublin, in 1893
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Danford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edwin Danford, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Michael Danford, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Dunganan, Ireland, in 1906
  • Monford Danford, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Mary R. Danford, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Mary Danford, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Limerick, Ireland, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Danford (post 1700) +

  • Lorenzo Danford (1829-1899), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio (1873-1879)
  • Major-General Robert Melville Danford (1879-1974), American Chief of Field Artillery (1938-1942) [3]
  • Harry Danford (b. 1939), Canadian farmer and politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Hastings-Peterborough from 1995 to 1999
  • David Joel Danford (b. 1984), British percussionist


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Robert Danford. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Danford/Robert_Melville/USA.html


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