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Danforthe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Danforthe 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 Danforthe family


The surname Danforthe 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 Danforthe family


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Danforthe Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Danforthe 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...
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Migration of the Danforthe family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicholas Danforth, who came to Cambridge, MA in 1634; Nicholas Danford, who came to Massachusetts in 1634; Thomas Danford, who settled in New England in 1650.

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