Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Melferd is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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 Melferd 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 Melferd family
The surname Melferd 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 Melferd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melferd 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 Melferd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Melferd 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. Melferd has been spelled many different ways, including Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.
Early Notables of the Melferd 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 Melferd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melferd family to Ireland
Some of the Melferd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melferd family to the New World and Oceana
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 Melferds to arrive in North America: 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.