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Oreford Early Origins



The surname Oreford was first found in Suffolk at Orford, a small coastal town and fishing village that dates back to the Middle Ages. Geographically, it is best known for the Orford Ness, a long, wide shingle spit at the mouth of the Ore. Orford Castle is located in the same village and is thought to have been built between 1165 and 1173 by Henry II of England. According to the chronicler Ralph of Coggeshall, a naked wild man, covered in hair, was caught in the nets of local fishermen around 1167. The man was brought back to the castle where he was held for six months but later escaped. Thus began the legend of the Wild Man of Orford. One of the first records of the name was in the year 1191 when Richard de Orford held estates in that area.

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Oreford Spelling Variations


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Oreford Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Orford, Oreford, Orrford, Orforth, Ordford, Ordforth and many more.

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Oreford Early History


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Oreford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oreford research. Another 275 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1310, 1302, 1697, 1697, 1310, 1302 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Oreford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oreford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oreford Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Oreford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oreford 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 9 September 2012 at 11:02.

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