Milford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Milford date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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 Milford 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 Milford family

The surname Milford 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 Milford family

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Milford Spelling Variations

Milford has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Milford have been found, including Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.

Early Notables of the Milford 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...
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Milford Ranking

In the United States, the name Milford is the 7,661st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Milford family to Ireland

Some of the Milford 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.

United States Milford migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Milfords to arrive on North American shores:

Milford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Milford, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Sarah Milford, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • Marth Milford, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [2]
Milford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Milford who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1729
Milford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel and Elizabeth Milford, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • Edward Milford, who landed in New York, NY in 1836 [2]
  • Mr. Henry Milford, (b. 1869), aged 30, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Paris" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 13th February 1899 en route to Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA [3]
Milford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. James Milford, (b. 1872), aged 29, Cornish miner, from Gunnislake, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 30th March 1901 en route to New Jersey, USA [3]
  • Mr. Sampson H. Milford, (b. 1868), aged 36, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 31st January 1904 en route to Oxford Furnace, New Jersey, USA [3]

Canada Milford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Milford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Milford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Milford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Milford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Milford, aged 32, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [4]

New Zealand Milford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Milford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Milford, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [5]
  • Sarah Milford, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [5]
  • Thomas Milford, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Milford (post 1700) +

  • Nancy Milford (1938-2022), American biographer, best known for her book Zelda, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
  • Richard Kim Milford (1951-1988), American actor, singer-songwriter, and composer
  • Penelope Milford (b. 1948), American film, stage, and television actress
  • Milo H. Milford, American politician, Burgess of Brookville, Pennsylvania, 1929 [6]
  • Marjory Milford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008 [6]
  • Herbert H. Milford, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952 [6]
  • Dale Milford (1926-1997), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 24th District, 1973-79 [6]
  • Charles R. Milford, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1912 [6]
  • Beth Wharton Milford (1908-1992), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 33rd District, 1960; Member, Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, 1964-86 [6]
  • Baily Milford, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Abbeville County, 1868 [6]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John B Milford, British Chief Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Albert Edward Milford (1905-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Fleet Reserve aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Frederick John Milford, American 2nd Class passenger from Hancock, Michigan, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [9]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Milford (d. 1912), aged 27, Irish Assistant Electrician from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th December 2018). Retrieved from
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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