Liforthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Liforthay come from when the family resided in the chapelry of Lyford found in the parish of West Hannay in the county of Berkshire. 
The place name dates back to Saxon times when in 944, it was first known as Linforda and literally meant "ford where flax grows," from the Old English "lin" + "ford."  By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, it was known as Linford.  At that time, Lyford was in Oxfordshire.
One noted source has this interesting passage about the origin of the name: "This name greatly puzzled me, till I bethought myself of looking it out in Holinshed in connection with Osevile. There I found the latter succeeding Olifant—the modernized form of Olifard: and I think we may therefore reasonably conclude that the first letter has been accidentally left out, and that the name should stand 'Olifard.' " 
Early Origins of the Liforthay family
The surname Liforthay was first found in Berkshire, at Lyford. It should be noted that as this place name was originally in Oxfordshire, that it should come as no surprise that Oxfordshire is where the first record of the family, specifically John de Lyford who was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. 
Later, "Thomas Lyford was a Berkshire gentleman living in the reign of Henry VI." 
Early History of the Liforthay family
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Liforthay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Liforthay has been recorded under many different variations, including Lyford, Liford and others.
Early Notables of the Liforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Liforthay family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Liforthay or a variant listed above: Anne, John, Martha, Mordecai, Obediah, Ruth, and Sarah Lyford, who all arrived at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1624; as well as William Lyford, who settled in Virginia in 1739..
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