Melfart is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once 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 Melfart 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 Melfart family
The surname Melfart 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 Melfart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melfart 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 Melfart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Melfart Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Melfart family name include Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.
Early Notables of the Melfart 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 Melfart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melfart family to Ireland
Some of the Melfart 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 Melfart family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Melfart surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.