Show ContentsMulford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Mulford begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived 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 Mulford 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 Mulford family

The surname Mulford 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 Mulford family

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Mulford 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 Mulford has undergone many spelling variations, including Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.

Early Notables of the Mulford 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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Mulford Ranking

In the United States, the name Mulford is the 10,183rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Mulford family to Ireland

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United States Mulford migration to the United States +

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 Mulford were among those contributors:

Mulford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Mulford, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [2]

Australia Mulford migration to Australia +

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

Mulford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Mulford, English convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Duncan" on 10th December 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mulford (post 1700) +

  • Thomas W. Mulford, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Camden County, 1852-54 [4]
  • James W. Mulford, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Salem County, 1832 [4]
  • I. S. Mulford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1856 [4]
  • Florence Mulford, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Nassau County 1st District, 1932 [4]
  • David H. Mulford, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 2nd District, 1870-71 [4]
  • David Donald Mulford (1916-2000), American Republican politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1957-70; Presidential Elector for California, 1968 [4]
  • David Mulford, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Union County, 1860-61 [4]
  • Henry K. Mulford (1866-1937), American businessman and founder of the H. K. Mulford Company, a pharmaceutical company founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1880s; by 1920 the company had 1,000 employees housed in 52 buildings and was later merged with Sharpe & Dohme Corp in 1929
  • David Donald "Don" Mulford (1915-2000), American politician, Member of the California State Assembly (1957-1963), eponym of the Mulford Act, a 1967 California bill that prohibited the carrying of loaded firearms in public
  • Prentice Mulford (1834-1891), American literary humorist and author who helped found the New Thought movement
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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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th August 2021). Retrieved from
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