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Lydford Early Origins



The surname Lydford was first found in Shropshire at Ludford, a parish, in the parliamentary borough and poor-law union of Ludlow, partly in the hundred of Wolphy. Until 1895, this parish was in Herefordshire. The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Ludeford. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally the place name means "ford near a rapid," from the Old English words "hlude" + "ford." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
There was another village and civil parish named Ludford (Ludford Parva and Ludford Magna) in Lincolnshire but this parish was in part deserted due to the Black Death. RAF Ludford Magna was a former Royal Air Force airfield situated south of the village which was opened in 1943. Lyford is closely related to the name but we must look to Devon to find its origins. This parish, in the union of Tavistock, hundred of Lifton dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Hlydanforda c. 1000. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, it was known as Lideforda and literally meant "ford over the River Lyd," from the Old English river-name + "ford." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"In 1238, the Forest of Dartmoor, and the castle of Lydford, were bestowed by the king upon Richard, Earl of Cornwall; and the manor now belongs to the duchy. In the reign of Edward I. the place twice sent members to parliament; in 1267, a weekly market was granted, with an annual fair for three days." Today Lydford Castle is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. East and West Lydford are located in Somerset and both have retained a rather small population over the years. Both were listed as Lideford in the Domesday Book. John Lodeford was the first record of the surname during the reign of Edward III in Somerset. Following that early record, John Lydford, or Ledford, or Ludford was listed on a marriage license in 1450. William Askeryck and Elizabeth Ludford were listed on a marriage license in 1548. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Lydford Spelling Variations


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Lydford Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ludford, Ludforth, Ludforde, Lodford, Lodforth, Lodeford, Ludeford and many more.

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Lydford Early History


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Lydford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lydford research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1100, 1167, 1195, 1563, 1455, 1487, 1485, 1557, 1337, 1407, 1385 and 1407 are included under the topic Early Lydford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lydford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lydford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lydford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lydford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Lydford, aged 29, a carpenter, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Emily Lydford, aged 30, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
  • Mary Lydford, aged 32, a governess, arrived in Napier aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879

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  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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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