Linford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Linford family

The surname Linford was first found in Buckinghamshire. They claim descent as a tenant of the lands of Lynford, held by Stanard, a Norman noble, from Roger Bigod who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [1]

Today, Linford Manor is an old manor house that has been converted into a recording studio complex in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, England. Little Linford is a village in the county of Buckinghamshire, England. The name literally means 'ford where maple trees grow' derived from the Old English hlyn + ford [2] The Hampshire Linford was the Anglo-Saxon Lindford. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1272 revealed the first record of the family, specifically Roger de Lynford, Buckinghamshire. [4]

Early History of the Linford family

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Linford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lynford, Linford, Linforth, Lynforth, Linfoot, Lynfoot, Lindford, Lyndford, Lindforth, Lyndforth, Lineford, Lyneford, Lineforth, Linefoot, Lenforth and many more.

Early Notables of the Linford family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Lynford or Linford (1650-1724), English divine, son of Samuel Lynford of Cambridge, where he was born in 1650. He "was educated at Newark and Bury St. Edmunds, and admitted as a sizar at Christ's College, Cambridge, 16 July 1666. He is described in the admission book as ‘optimæ spei juvenis.’ He graduated B.A. in 1670-1671, and proceeded M.A. in 1674, and S.T.P. in 1689, being also incorporated M.A. of Oxford on 11 July 1676. He was elected fellow of Christ's in 1675, and was also tutor from 1676 to 1685. He gave...
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United States Linford migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Linford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Linford, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [5]
  • Ann Linford, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
Linford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Winifred Linford, who settled in America in 1743
  • Samuel Linford, who arrived in Virginia in 1774
Linford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Linford, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • L.G. Linford, aged 35, who landed in America from England, in 1892
Linford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Raymond Thomas Linford, aged 45, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Geo. W. Linford, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Albert Ernest Linford, aged 29, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Samuel Linford, aged 23, who landed in America from Tamworth, England, in 1907
  • Lancelot Donald Linford, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Folkstone, England, in 1908
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Canada Linford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Linford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Maude E. Linford, aged 32, who immigrated to Ottawa, Canada, in 1915
  • Walter James Linford, aged 33, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1915
  • Alfred Linford, aged 62, who settled in Vancouver, Canada, in 1918

Australia Linford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Linford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Phillis Linford, English convict who was convicted in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 22nd January 1846, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Linford (post 1700) +

  • John Russell Linford (b. 1957), retired English footballer
  • Steve Linford (b. 1956), British anti-spam campaigner, founder of The Spamhaus Project
  • Lewis Linford (b. 1987), British actor, best-known for playing the character of Lee Naylor in the British television soap Emmerdale
  • Colin Linford, former president of the Canadian Soccer Association


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 4th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emma-eugenia


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