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Lydford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Lydford family


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)

Early History of the Lydford family


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Lydford Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the Lydford family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Lydford family to the New World and Oceana


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

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Citations


  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)

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