Hefford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hefford family

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.

Early History of the Hefford family

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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.

Early Notables of the Hefford family (pre 1700)

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United States Hefford migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Thomas Hefford, who landed in New York in 1843 [1]

Australia Hefford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hefford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hefford, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [2]
  • John S. Hefford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [3]
  • William Hefford, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hefford (post 1700) +

  • Jayna Hefford (b. 1977), Canadian eleven-time gold medalist women's ice hockey player, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (2018)
  • Brent Edward Hefford (b. 1978), New Zealand cricketer from Blenheim, Marlborough

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Percy Hefford, English Second Officer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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