Hoffort History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Hoffort name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in either of the settlements called Ufford in the counties of Northamptonshire and Suffolk. The surname Hoffort belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Hoffort family
The surname Hoffort was first found in Suffolk at Ufford, a parish, in the union of Woodbridge, hundred of Wilford.  Ufford is also a civil parish in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Both parishes are ancient. The Cambridgeshire parish dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Uffawyrtha in 948. The Suffolk parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Uffeworda. 
Both essentially mean "enclosure of a man called Uffa," from the Old English personal name + "worth." 
"Of this family, which afterwards arrived to great honour, Robert, a younger son of John de Peyton, of Peyton in the county of Suffolk, assumed his surname from the lordship of Ufford, in that shire, became Robert de Ufford. His son was summoned to Parliament as a Baron in 1308, and his grandson, also a Robert de Ufford, was created Earl of Suffolk. " 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 may confirm this claim as Robert de Ufford was listed in Suffolk at that time.  Later the Feet of Fines listed Thomas Ufford in Essex in 1391. 
One source has interesting note about the family: "Robert de Ufford (d. 1298), was the founder of the greatness of the family. A younger son of a Suffolk landowner, John de Peyton, Robert assumed his surname from his lordship of Ufford in Suffolk, and attended Edward I on his crusade. Between 1276 and 1281 he acted as Justice of Ireland. He was instructed by Edward I to introduce English laws into Ireland, and practised skilfully but unscrupulously the policy of sowing dissension among the different Irish septs. He also built the castle of Roscommon 'at countless cost.' " 
Robert de Ufford (1298-1369) the first Earl of Suffolk was Robert's grandson and the second but eldest surviving son and heir of Robert de Ufford (1279-1316.)
William de Ufford (1339?-1382), second Earl of Suffolk was the second but eldest surviving son of Robert de Ufford, first Earl of Suffolk. 
Early History of the Hoffort family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoffort research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1308, 1631, 1345, 1346, 1413, 1404, 1349 and 1582 are included under the topic Early Hoffort History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hoffort Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hoffort were recorded, including Ufford, Ufforde, Hawford, Hoffard and others.
Early Notables of the Hoffort family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Maud de Ufford, Countess of Oxford (1345/1346-1413), a wealthy English noblewoman and the wife of Thomas de Vere, 8th Earl of Oxford, only child was Robert de Vere, 9th Earl of Oxford, the favourite of King Richard II of England, took part in a conspiracy against King Henry IV of England and was sent to the Tower of London...
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Migration of the Hoffort family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hoffort family emigrate to North America: Isabel Ufford, who settled in Boston in 1632; along with John, Thomas; John Ufford settled in Barbados in 1680.
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