Hurford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Today's generation of the Hurford family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hurford 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 Hurford 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 Hurford family
The surname Hurford 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.
Important Dates for the Hurford family
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Hurford 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 Hurford include Hereford, Herford, Herreford and others.
Early Notables of the Hurford family (pre 1700)
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Hurford 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 Hurfords to arrive on North American shores:
Hurford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Hurford, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1700 
Hurford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hurford, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1895
Hurford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jessie Hurford, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Somerset, in 1905
- Maurico W. Hurford, aged 30, who landed in America from Somerset, in 1905
- William A. J. Hurford, aged 2, who immigrated to the United States from Somerset, in 1905
- Blanche E. Hurford, aged 24, who landed in America from Sloelbudge Hartts, England, in 1907
- Charles Hurford, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Port Talbot, England, in 1907
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Hurford migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hurford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Marie Hurford, aged 24, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1909
- O. F. Hurford, aged 25, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1909
- S. E. Hurford, aged 0, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1909
Contemporary Notables of the name Hurford (post 1700)
- Carol Zerbe Hurford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 
- John Hurford (b. 1948), prolific English psychedelic artist
- Peter Hurford OBE (1930-2019), British organist and composer, organist of Holy Trinity Church, Leamington Spa from 1956 to 1957, Honorary Fellow of Jesus College in 2006, past President of the Royal College of Organists and received its Medal in 2013
- Richard Warwick Hurford OAM (b. 1944), Australian clergyman, Anglican Bishop of Bathurst (2000-2012)
- Christopher John "Chris" Hurford AO (b. 1931), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Adelaide (1969-1987)
- James R. Hurford, Scottish emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh
- ^ 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)
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