Melford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Melford comes from when the family resided in one of the various settlements called Milford in Derbyshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire, or in the place called Long Melford in the county of Suffolk. The surname Melford 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 Melford family

The surname Melford 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.

Important Dates for the Melford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melford research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1292, 1379, 1618, 1644, 1725 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Melford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Melford Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Melford include Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.

Early Notables of the Melford 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 Melford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Melford family to Ireland

Some of the Melford 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.

Melford migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Melford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Melford, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Melford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Casper Melford, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 [1]
  • John Melford, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Melford (post 1700)

  • Melford Elliot Spiro (b. 1920), American cultural anthropologist

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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