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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Fordham family lived in Essex, in the town of Fordham. Ancient records reveal the name Fordham is derived from the Old English ford, which means ford, and ham, which means homestead. Towns bearing this name also exist in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. Fordham Essex is arguably the most important of these towns, but all were held by Norman nobles in the 11th century.

Fordham Early Origins



The surname Fordham was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Fordham. In the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a survey of England undertaken for Duke William of Normandy in 1086 A.D. after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066, there were three villages or manors named Fordham, one in Cambridgeshire, one in Norfolk and one in Essex, all were held by Norman nobles. The one which was most influential and gave rise to the name Fordham was that of Fordham in Essex which was held by William de Warrene and others. In the survey of 1086 the village consisted of a Mill, 6 Beehives, and 25 goats. It was the Norman custom that the senior son should continue the main line name, but that the second son should adopt the name of the manor. "A small Gilbertine priory was founded in the reign of Henry III., by Sir Robert de Fordham, [in Fordham, Cambridgeshire] as a cell to the great monastery of the same order at Sempringham, in Lincolnshire; but scarcely a vestige remains." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Fordham Spelling Variations


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Fordham Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Fordham, Fordeham, Fordsham, Fordesham, Fordam and others.

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Fordham Early History


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Fordham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fordham research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 138 and 1388 are included under the topic Early Fordham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fordham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fordham Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fordham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Fordham or a variant listed above:

Fordham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Fordham settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Robert Fordham, who arrived in Ncw England in 1641
  • Jonah Fordham, who arrived in New England in 1658

Fordham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Fordham settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1728
  • William Fordham, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • George Fordham settled in Pennsylvania in 1773

Fordham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Fordham settled in New York State in 1821
  • Joseph Fordham, who landed in New York in 1827

Fordham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Fordham, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • Abraham Fordham arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Elizabeth Fordham arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • William Robert Fordham arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Francis Fordham arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fordham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Smith Fordham arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Artemesia" in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fordham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fordham (post 1700)



  • Sharon Fordham, American Broadway theatrical producer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and angel investor
  • Thomas James Fordham (b. 1974), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lindsey Todd Fordham (b. 1973), American football player
  • Alan Fordham (b. 1964), former English cricketer
  • Michael Scott Montague Fordham (1905-1995), English psychiatrist, a Jungian analyst
  • Montague Edward Fordham (1864-1948), English agriculturalist and advocate of rural reform
  • Andy "The Viking" Fordham (b. 1962), English darts player
  • Wilfred Gurney Fordham QC, Recorder of the Crown Court, Ottford, Kent, England
  • Sir Alfred Stanley Fordham KBE, CMG., H.M., Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire, England
  • Sir Herbert George Fordham (1854-1929), British writer on cartography
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Fordham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fordham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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