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Orford Early Origins



The surname Orford 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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Orford Spelling Variations


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Orford Spelling Variations



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

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Orford Early History


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Orford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orford 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 Orford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Orford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Orford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Orford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Orford, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • Phillip Orford, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682

Orford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Orford, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • Robert Orford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Orford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Orford, aged 7, who landed in America from Devon, England, in 1904
  • Louise Walpole Orford, aged 41, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Herbert Orford, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Old Denaby, England, in 1909
  • Andrew C. Orford, aged 25, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1910
  • Helen Orford, who landed in America, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Orford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Frederick Orford, aged 47, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Orford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Orford (post 1700)



  • Martin Orford (b. 1959), English keyboard player
  • Edwin J. "Sandy" Orford (b. 1912), Welsh professional rugby league footballer from the 1930s and 1940s
  • Nicole Orford (b. 1992), Canadian ice dancer, 2011 Canadian junior champion
  • Matthew "Matt" Orford (b. 1978), Australian rugby league player
  • John Orford, British classical bassoonist
  • Richard Orford, British television presenter

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Orford Historic Events


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Orford Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Leonard Orford, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Orford Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Orford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orford 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 January 2016 at 19:21.

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