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The distinguished surname Offord is derived from "Offord," a place name that can be found in both Huntingdonshire and Warwickshire.

Offord Early Origins



The surname Offord was first found in Huntingdon, where the family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. He granted lands to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family, and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Offord Cluny, held by Odo from Eustace the Sheriff, a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Offord Spelling Variations


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Offord Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Offord, Offorth, Oford, Oforth, Offorde, Afford, Afforde, Afforth, Afforthe, Offworth, Ofworth, Offwurth and many more.

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Offord Early History


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Offord Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Offord research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1273, 1327, and 1349 are included under the topic Early Offord History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Offord Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Offord Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Offord Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Offord name or one of its variants:

Offord Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Offord, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1884
  • Mr. J. A. Offord, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1894

Offord Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • John H. Offord, aged 44, who landed in America from Belchamp, England, in 1908
  • Albert Hy Offord, aged 25, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • George V. Offord, aged 24, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Robert James Offord, aged 19, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
  • Eustace Offord, aged 16, who emigrated to America from Hong Kong, China, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Offord Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert and Richard Offord, who were both recorded in the 1871 census of Ontario

Offord Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C. Offord arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Offord (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Offord (post 1700)



  • George T. Offord, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • Willie Offord (b. 1978), American NFL football player
  • Raymond John Offord, Air Commodore AFC RAF R'td as a British Royal Air Force pilot
  • Matthew James Offord (b. 1969), British Conservative Party politician
  • Eddy Offord, noted British record producer and recording engineer
  • Albert Cyril Offord FRS (1906-2000), British mathematician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Offord Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Offord 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 November 2015 at 13:04.

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