The Playforde 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 Playforde family
The surname Playforde was first found in Suffolk
where the first on record is Fulcher de Pleiforda, listed in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Playforde family
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Playforde Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Playforde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Playforde family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Playford, who arrived at the port of Philadelphia in 1800; William Playford, who arrived at the port of Philadelphia in 1800; Robert Playford, who came to Alexandria, Vermont in 1818 with his children Rob William, Sophia and Harriot.