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The Playford surname is a habitation name derived from a place name in Suffolk. The place name in turn comes from the Old English word "plega," meaning "sport" and "ford," referring to a ford in a river. Perhaps the place was originally a site of sporting contests; however any evidence of this has been lost over time.

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The surname Playford was first found in Suffolk where the first on record is Fulcher de Pleiforda, listed in the Pipe Rolls of Suffolk in 1130.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Playford, Playforde and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Playford research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1596, 1608, 1623, 1686 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Playford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Playford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Playford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Playford, a gentleman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Retrench" from London, England

Playford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Playford arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
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  • Henry Playford (1657-1707), English music publisher
  • Peter Playford (b. 1980), Australian rugby union player
  • Francis Playford (1825-1896), British rower
  • Herbert Harlee Playford (1831-1883), British rower
  • Sir Thomas Playford (1896-1981), Australian politician, namesake of the city of Playford, Australia, grandson of Thomas Playford
  • Thomas Playford (1837-1915), Premier of South Australia from 1887 to 1889 and 1890 to 1892, and the Australian Federal Minister for Defence from 1905 to 1907
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    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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