The name Halfork first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in Halford, a place-name found in Devon
, or Warwickshire
, or in Haleford, a lost place in Kent
. Despite the similarity of the place-names, they are derived from different sources. The Halford name which was found in Salop (now called Shropshire), for example, is derived from the Old English words haforce,
which means "hawk," and ford,
a word that means "shallow place where a river may be crossed by wading." It was rendered as Hauerford in 1155. Another Halford, this one in Warwickshire, was listed as Halchford sometime in the 12th century; it is derived from the Old English words halh,
which meant "remote nook or corner of land," and ford,
a shallow place where a river could be crossed without a bridge.
Early Origins of the Halfork family
The surname Halfork was first found in Leicestershire
at Wistow which was held by the family since well before the 16th century.
Early History of the Halfork family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halfork research.Another 475 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1658, 1844, 1580, 1658, 1641, 1679, 1663, 1690, 1689, 1690, 1695 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Halfork History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Halfork Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Halfork has appeared include Halford, Hallford, Halforde and others.
Early Notables of the Halfork family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Halford, 1st Baronet
(c.?1580-1658), Sheriff of Leicestershire
in the 19th year of James I's reign, created a Baronet
on 18 December 1641, notable for his allegiance to Charles I... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Halfork Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Halfork family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Halfork arrived in North America very early: Henry Halferd, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1822; Thomas Halford, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634; Nancy Halferty, who came to St. John, N.B. in 1838.
The Halfork Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtus in actione consistit
Motto Translation: Virtue consists in action.