The Danforth surname is thought to have been a habitational name taken on from a place name; possibly from Darnford in
. These place names are derived from the Old English words "dierne," meaning "hidden" and "ford," or in other words "a ford across a river."
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Danforth research.Another 114 words (8 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 Danforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Danforth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.