Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person known as a "companion" derived from a combination of the Middle English words "pley" meaning "sport" and "fere." A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. In Scotland, the name Playfair is often a variant of Playford.
Early Origins of the Playfair family
Kent where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Playfair family
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Playfair Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Playfair has been spelled many different ways, including Playfair, Pleyfair, Playford and others.
Early Notables of the Playfair family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Playfair family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Playfairs to arrive in North America:
Playfair Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Playfair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Playfair Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Playfair (post 1700)
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