Lyfork History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Lyfork is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived 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 Lyfork family
The surname Lyfork 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 Lyfork family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lyfork research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Lyfork History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lyfork Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Lyfork has been spelled many different ways, including Lyford, Liford and others.
Early Notables of the Lyfork family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lyfork family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Lyforks to arrive in North America: 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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