The ancestors of the name Offert date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in either of the settlements called Ufford in the counties of Northamptonshire and Suffolk
. The surname Offert 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 Offert family
The surname Offert was first found in Suffolk
at Ufford, a parish, in the union of Woodbridge, hundred
of Wilford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Ufford is also a civil parish in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
. Both parishes are ancient. The Cambridgeshire
parish dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Uffawyrtha in 948. The Suffolk
parish dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Uffeworda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Both essentially mean "enclosure of a man called Uffa," from the Old English personal name
+ "worth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"Of this family, which afterwards arrived to great honour, Robert, a younger son of John de Peyton, of Peyton in the county of Suffolk
, assumed his surname from the lordship of Ufford, in that shire, became Robert de Ufford. His son was summoned to Parliament as a Baron
in 1308, and his grandson, also a Robert de Ufford, was created Earl of Suffolk
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 may confirm this claim as Robert de Ufford was listed in Suffolk
at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Later the Feet of Fines listed Thomas Ufford in Essex
in 1391. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Offert family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Offert research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1308, 1631, 1345, 1346, 1413, 1404 and 1349 are included under the topic Early Offert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Offert Spelling Variations
Offert 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 Offert have been found, including Ufford, Ufforde and others.
Early Notables of the Offert family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Maud de Ufford, Countess of Oxford (1345/1346-1413), a wealthy English noblewoman and the wife of Thomas de Vere, 8th Earl of Oxford, only child was Robert de Vere, 9th Earl of Oxford, the favourite of King Richard II of England
, took part in... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Offert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Offert family to the New World and Oceana
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 Offerts to arrive on North American shores: Isabel Ufford, who settled in Boston in 1632; along with John, Thomas; John Ufford settled in Barbados in 1680.