The name Patford is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the region of Patty's field.
Patford is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Patford family
The surname Patford was first found in county Staffordshire
, where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Patford family
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Patford Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Patford are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Patford include: Padfield, Paddfield, Padfild, Padfeld, Padefeld, Patfield, Padford, Paddford, Patford and many more.
Early Notables of the Patford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Patford family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Patford or a variant listed above: Albert Padfield, aged 3, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Blaenavon in 1906; Alice May Padfield, aged 37, who arrived at Toronto, Canada in 1922; Enoch Padfield, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Liverpool in 1905.