Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Numforthay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the settlement of Mundford in Norfolk
, or in Montford-Sur-Risle or some other similarly-named place in France. The surname Numforthay 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 Numforthay family
The surname Numforthay was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Numforthay family
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Numforthay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Numforthay has been spelled many different ways, including Mumford, Munford, Mundford and others.
Early Notables of the Numforthay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Numforthay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Numforthays to arrive in North America: Richard Mumford, who settled in Virginia in 1624; William Mumford settled in Lynn Massachusetts in 1630; Henry Mumford settled in New England