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Early Origins of the Debeaufort family
The surname Debeaufort was first found in Norfolk
. The name literally means "fair faith" and claims descent from "a locality now called Beau-Fai, in the arrondissement of Mortagne, in Normandy
. Ralph de Bella Faago, or Beaufoy, accompanied the Conqueror, and became a tenant
in chief in Norfolk
and Suffolk. He was a near relative of William be Beaufoe, the Conqueror's chancellor and chaplain." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Swanton Moreley, where Robert de Belfou was Lord of that manor and held many other lordships in that county.
John Beaufort, 1st Marquess of Somerset and 1st Marquess of Dorset, KG (c. 1373-1410) was the first of the four children of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swynford. He was the progenitor of what would later be known as the House of Beaufort, a line of wealthy and powerful English nobles.
Early History of the Debeaufort family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Debeaufort research.Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1447, 1406, 1455, 1431 and 1501 are included under the topic Early Debeaufort History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Debeaufort Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Debeaufort have been found, including Beaufoy, Beauford, Beauford, Beaufort, Beauforest, Beauforth, Bewfort, Bewford, Bufoy, Ballafay, Belfou, Beaufow and many more.
Early Notables of the Debeaufort family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Beaufort (1377-1447), English prelate; Edmund Beaufort, (1406-1455), 2nd Duke of Somerset
, an English nobleman and an important figure in the Wars of the Roses and the Hundred
Years' War, he received the titles of 4th Earl of Somerset, was created... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Debeaufort Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Debeaufort family to Ireland
Some of the Debeaufort family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Debeaufort family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Debeaufort were among those contributors: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Debeaufort (post 1700)
- Daniel Augustus de Beaufort (1739-1821), English Anglican priest and geographer, rector of Navan, County Meath, Ireland, from 1765 to 1818, son of Daniel Cornelius
- Daniel Cornelius de Beaufort (1700-1788), German-born, English Anglican minister, rector of St Mary the Virgin church, East Barnet, London, father of Daniel Augustus
- Lieven Ferdinand de Beaufort (1879-1968), Dutch biologist
- Carel Godin de Beaufort (1934-1964), Dutch nobleman and motorsport driver from the Netherlands
- India de Beaufort (b. 1987), born India Beaufort Lloyd, a British actress and singer-songwriter from Kingston upon Thames, Surrey