The Mellforthy name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from 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 Mellforthy 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 Mellforthy family
The surname Mellforthy 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 Mellforthy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellforthy 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 Mellforthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mellforthy Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Mellforthy has undergone many spelling variations
, including Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.
Early Notables of the Mellforthy 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 Mellforthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mellforthy family to Ireland
Some of the Mellforthy 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 Mellforthy family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mellforthy were among those contributors: 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.