Orford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Orford family

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.

Early History of the Orford family

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Orford Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Orford family (pre 1700)

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United States Orford migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Phillip Orford, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Orford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Orford, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845 [1]
  • Robert Orford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
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 immigrated 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.)

Canada Orford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Frederick Orford, aged 47, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913

Australia Orford migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Orford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Orford, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [2]

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

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. George Leonard Orford (d. 1914), British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/equestrian
  3. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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