Deford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Deford family

The surname Deford was first found in Allassac in Limousin where the family held a family seat before the 12th century with lands and estates.

One of the first records was Vital du Four (1260-1327), a French Franciscan theologian and scholastic philosopher. He rose to become Cardinal in 1312 and bishop of Albano in 1321. He died in Avignon in 1327.

Early History of the Deford family

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Deford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dufour, du Four, Dufourg, Dufourc, Dufoure, Dufur, Duffour, Duffourg, Duffur, Duffoure, Dufoure, Dufaure, du Faure, DuFaur, Duffaur, Duffare, Duffure and many more.

Early Notables of the Deford family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family was Tristan II Du Faur or Dufour, Baron of Saint-Jory, Count de Bioulle de Leou, lieutenant of the Duke d'Orleans corps, colonel of the regiment of Cornette Blance, Chevalier of Saint-Louis. François Dufault or Dufaut (before 1604-ca...
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Deford Ranking

In the United States, the name Deford is the 11,570th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Deford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Deford, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [2]
Deford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John H Deford, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1841 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Deford (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Deford, American eponym of Deford, Michigan
  • Miriam Allen deFord (1888-1975), American writer, known for her mysteries and science fiction, awarded the 1961 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America
  • Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Deford III (1938-2017), American sportswriter and novelist, known for his 50-year tenure at Sports Illustrated, inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame
  • Brigadier-General Earl Hamlin DeFord (1890-1976), American Commanding General 6th Air Force (1945-1946) [3]
  • R. D. DeFord, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1944 [4]

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Earl DeFord. Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook