Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in one of many regions called Grafton The surname Graphton is a habitational surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The name was derived from the Old English word graf meaning "gorve" and tun meaning "enclosure."
Early Origins of the Graphton family
Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Graphton family
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Graphton Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Graphton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Graphton include: Grafton, Graphton, Graffton and others.
Early Notables of the Graphton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Graphton family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Graphton or a variant listed above: James Grafton who settled in Virginia in 1634; John Grafton settled in Virginia in 1653; another John Grafton settled in Carolina in 1774; Joseph Grafton settled in New England in 1680.
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