The present generation of the Halforthay family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from 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 Halforthay family
The surname Halforthay was first found in Leicestershire
at Wistow which was held by the family since well before the 16th century.
Early History of the Halforthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halforthay 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 Halforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Halforthay Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Halforthay include Halford, Hallford, Halforde and others.
Early Notables of the Halforthay 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 Halforthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Halforthay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Halforthay were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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 Halforthay 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.