The origins of the Gayford name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Gayford was originally derived from a family having lived in the region of Gaye
which was located in France. The surname Gayford was also a nickname
which described someone with a happy or light spirited character.
Early Origins of the Gayford family
The surname Gayford was first found in Durham
at Gainford, a parish, in the unions of Teesdale, Darlington, and Auckland. "This place was anciently a seigniory detached from the palatinate jurisdiction of the county, and invested with several valuable privileges and immunities. It appears to have been indebted for its origin to Egfrid, Bishop of Lindisfarne, who founded a church, which in 830 he gave to the see, together with the lands annexed to it, and which continued to form part of the episcopal possessions till the commencement of the 11th century." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Gayford family
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Gayford Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gayford include Gainsford, Gaynesford, Gainford, Gaynsford, Ganesford and many more.
Early Notables of the Gayford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gayford family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Gayford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- W. Gayford, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1893
Gayford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Dorothy C Gayford, aged 3, who arrived in America from Bury St. Edmunds, in 1905
- Harriet Gayford, aged 30, who arrived in America from Bury St. Edmunds, in 1905
- Muriel J Gayford, aged 2, who arrived in America from Bury St. Edmunds, in 1905
- George Gayford, aged 44, who arrived in America from Bristol, England, in 1907
- Margaret Gayford, aged 31, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1909
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Gayford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Blanche Muriel Gayford, aged 34, who arrived in Lloydminster, Sask., Canada, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Gayford (post 1700)
- Christopher Gayford (b. 1963), English conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and more
- Squadron Leader O Gayford, British officer in charge of the RAF Long Range Development Unit who flew non-stop from Cranwell, Lincolnshire to Walvis Bay, South West Africa in 1933 aboard a Fairey Long-range Monoplane
- Thomas Gayford (b. 1928), Canadian gold medalist equestrian at the 1968 Summer Olympics
- Clarke Timothy Gayford (b. 1977), New Zealand former music show presenter for the New Zealand music channel C4
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.