The origins of the lawford name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name lawford was originally derived from a family having lived in the parish of Lawford in the county of Essex. This place-name was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as land owned by the King. Lawfiord later became the site of Lawford Hall, which was an Elizabethan manor.
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname lawford include Lawford, Lauford, Lawforde, Laweford and others.
Early Notables of the lawford family (pre 1700)
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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
lawford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Mary Lawford, who sailed to Virginia in 1649
William Lawford to Barbados in 1671
Richard Lawford to Barbados in 1671
lawford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Betty Teesdale Lawford, aged 1, who landed in America from England, in 1907
Charles H. Lawford, aged 33, who immigrated to America from Leicester, England, in 1907
Algernon Lawford, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Liversedge, England, in 1908
Egerton C. B. Lawford, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
Ernest Lawford, aged 38, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909