Playford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Playford family

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.

Early History of the Playford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Playford research. Another 85 words (6 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.

Playford Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Playford family (pre 1700)

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.


Canada Playford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Playford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Playford, a gentleman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Retrench" from London, England

Australia Playford migration to Australia +

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

Playford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Playford, English convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • John Playford, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Playford (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Shaun Playford Burgoyne (b. 1982), Australian rules footballer


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bardaster
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN RENWICK 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837JohnRenwick.htm


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