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Where did the English Playford family come from? What is the English Playford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Playford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Playford family history?

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

First found in Suffolk where the first on record is Fulcher de Pleiforda, listed in the Pipe Rolls of Suffolk in 1130.


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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.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Playford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Retrench" from London

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
  • 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
  • Sir Thomas Playford (1896-1981), Australian politician, namesake of the city of Playford, Australia, grandson of Thomas Playford
  • Herbert Harlee Playford (1831-1883), British rower
  • Francis Playford (1825-1896), British rower
  • Peter Playford (b. 1980), Australian rugby union player


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The Playford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Playford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2014 at 22:14.

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