The name Mefford first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in one of the various settlements called Milford in Derbyshire
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire
, or in the place called Long Melford in the county of Suffolk
. The surname Mefford belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Mefford family
The surname Mefford was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Milford, in the diocese of York. This did not appear in the Domesday Book
in 1080, and it must be assumed that the manor emerged about the 12th or 13th century.
Early History of the Mefford family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mefford research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1292, 1379, 1618, 1644, 1725 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Mefford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mefford Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Mefford has appeared include Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.
Early Notables of the Mefford family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Samuel "Fish Hook" Mulford (1644–1725), an American who went to London in 1704 to protest the tax on whale oil, which he used in farming. Warned beforehand of the sly workings of pickpockets in... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mefford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mefford family to Ireland
Some of the Mefford family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Mefford family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Mefford arrived in North America very early: David Milford who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1729; Sarah Milford settled in Virginia in 1653; Samuel and Elizabeth Milford settled in New York State in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mefford (post 1700)
- Michael Mefford, American member of the United States Antarctic Research Program from 1971-1972, eponym of Mefford Knoll, Antarctica