Huffor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Huffor is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in either of the settlements called Ufford in the counties of Northamptonshire and Suffolk. The surname Huffor 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 Huffor family

The surname Huffor was first found in Suffolk at Ufford, a parish, in the union of Woodbridge, hundred of Wilford. [1] 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. [2]

Both essentially mean "enclosure of a man called Uffa," from the Old English personal name + "worth." [3]

"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. " [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 may confirm this claim as Robert de Ufford was listed in Suffolk at that time. [5] Later the Feet of Fines listed Thomas Ufford in Essex in 1391. [6]

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.' " [7]

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. [7]

Important Dates for the Huffor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huffor research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1308, 1631, 1345, 1346, 1413, 1404 and 1349 are included under the topic Early Huffor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huffor Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Huffor family name include Ufford, Ufforde and others.

Early Notables of the Huffor 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...
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huffor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Huffor family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Huffor surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Isabel Ufford, who settled in Boston in 1632; along with John, Thomas; John Ufford settled in Barbados in 1680.

Contemporary Notables of the name Huffor (post 1700)

  • Dan Huffor, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1924 [8]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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