Lyford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Lyford surname lived in the chapelry of Lyford found in the parish of West Hannay in the county of Berkshire.

Early Origins of the Lyford family

The surname Lyford was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the Lyford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lyford research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Lyford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lyford Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Lyford are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Lyford include: Lyford, Liford and others.

Early Notables of the Lyford family (pre 1700)

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Lyford migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Lyford or a variant listed above:

Lyford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Lyford, who landed in New England in 1624 [1]
  • Anne, John, Martha, Mordecai, Obediah, Ruth, and Sarah Lyford, who all arrived at Plymouth Massachusetts in 1624
  • Mordecai Lyford, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1642 [1]
  • Francis Lyford, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1667 [1]
Lyford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Lyford, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1704-1705 [1]
  • William Lyford, who arrived in Georgia in 1738 [1]
  • William Lyford, who settled in Virginia in 1739
Lyford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Harold Lyford, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Calhoun Lyford, aged 13, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Anna Lyford, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Chas. W. Lyford, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Edward H. Lyford, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lyford migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lyford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Lyford, aged 59, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1909

Lyford migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lyford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Lyford, aged 19, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Ann Lyford, aged 17, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Lawrence Lyford, aged 39, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Margaret Lyford, aged 36, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Thomas Lyford, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lyford (post 1700)

  • Richard Lyford, American documentary filmmaker, who won an Oscar in 1950
  • Victor G. Lyford, American politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1906-19 [2]
  • Mary Lyford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004 [2]
  • Joseph P. Lyford, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1952, 1954 [2]
  • Jesse S. Lyford (1819-1895), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1878-79 [2]
  • James A. Lyford, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Kingston, 1938 [2]
  • Shirley Lyford Tonkin OBE (1921-2016), née Curtis, New Zealand pediatrician and sudden infant death syndrome researcher
  • Lyford A. Merrow, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1912

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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