In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Melfeard surname 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 Melfeard 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 Melfeard family
The surname Melfeard 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 Melfeard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melfeard 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 Melfeard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Melfeard 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 Melfeard 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 Melfeard include: Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.
Early Notables of the Melfeard 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 Melfeard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melfeard family to Ireland
Some of the Melfeard 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 Melfeard family to the New World and Oceana
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 Melfeard or a variant listed above: 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.