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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.

Milford Early Origins



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.

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Milford Spelling Variations


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Milford Spelling Variations



Milford has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.

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Milford Early History


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Milford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Milford 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 Milford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Milford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Milford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Samuel "Fish Hook" Mulford (16441725), 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 Milford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Milford In Ireland


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Milford In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Sarah Milford, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Marth Milford, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

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 settled in New York State in 1820
  • Edward Milford, who landed in New York, NY in 1836

Milford Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Milford, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Milford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Milford, aged 32, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

Milford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Milford, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Sarah Milford, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Thomas Milford, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Milford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Milford (post 1700)



  • Richard Kim Milford (1951-1988), American actor, singer-songwriter, and composer
  • Milo H. Milford, American politician, Burgess of Brookville, Pennsylvania, 1929
  • Marjory Milford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2008
  • Herbert H. Milford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1952
  • Dale Milford (1926-1997), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 24th District, 1973-79
  • Charles R. Milford, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 1st District, 1912
  • 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
  • Baily Milford, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Abbeville County, 1868
  • Penelope Milford (b. 1948), American film, stage, and television actress
  • Robin Milford (1903-1959), English composer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Milford Historic Events


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Milford Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John B Milford, British Chief Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Frederick John Milford, American 2nd Class passenger from Hancock, Michigan, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Milford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Milford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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