Show ContentsDunsford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Dunsford comes from when the family resided in the town of Dunford in the northern county of Yorkshire. This West Riding town was first inhabited by the Dunford name in the early 1200's. One of the first records of the name was William de Dunneford who was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1332. A few years later William Dinford was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332.

Early Origins of the Dunsford family

The surname Dunsford was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Dunsford family

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Dunsford Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dunsford has been recorded under many different variations, including Dunsford, Downford, Dounsford, Duinsford, Duneford and many more.

Early Notables of the Dunsford family

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Ireland Migration of the Dunsford family to Ireland

Some of the Dunsford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Australia Dunsford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dunsford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Dunsford, (b. 1808), aged 22, English servant who was convicted in Bristol, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Dunvegan Castle" on 13th March 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1881 [1]
  • Mr. Charles Dunsford, English convict who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

New Zealand Dunsford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dunsford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Esq. Frederick Dunsford, Australian settler travelling from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria aboard the ship "Earl Stanhope" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunsford (post 1700) +

  • Adam Dunsford, English politician
  • Ms. Valerie Ann Dunsford M.B.E., British former Headmistress for Sheffield High School for Girls, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Education [4]
  • George Dunsford Barne (1879-1954), CIE, OBE, was a Jamaican-born British Anglican priest who was Bishop of Lahore between 1932 and 1949

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th August 2021). Retrieved from
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook