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The name Hefford reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Hefford family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hefford family lived in Herefordshire, which is in west central England, between Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Wales. The county is known for its moderate climate, rich soil, and ancient castles. The family name Hefford was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats.

Hefford Early Origins



The surname Hefford was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Hefford Spelling Variations


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Hefford Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hefford include Hereford, Herford, Herreford and others.

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Hefford Early History


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Hefford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hefford research. Another 212 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hefford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hefford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hefford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hefford 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Heffords to arrive on North American shores:

Hefford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hefford, who arrived in New York in 1843
  • Thomas Hefford, who landed in New York in 1843

Hefford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John S. Hefford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • William Hefford arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hefford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hefford (post 1700)



  • Brent Edward Hefford (b. 1978), New Zealand cricketer from Blenheim, Marlborough
  • Jayna Hefford (b. 1977), Canadian eleven-time gold medalist women's ice hockey player

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Hefford Historic Events


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Hefford Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Percy Hefford, English Second Officer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Hefford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hefford 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 October 2015 at 21:11.

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