name Pulford comes from when the family resided in the parish of Pulford, in Cheshire
, a few miles from the City of Chester. The place-name is derived from the Old English words pul
which mean pool, and ford,
which is a place where a river may be crossed by wading. The place-name as a whole means "river crossing near a pool." The place-name was recorded as Pulford in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
compiled in 1086. The surname means "one who comes from Pulford," or alternatively "dweller by the river crossing where there is a pool."
Early Origins of the Pulford family
The surname Pulford was first found in Cheshire
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 Pulford family
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Pulford Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pulford include Pulford, Pullford and others.
Early Notables of the Pulford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pulford family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Pulford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Pulford, who arrived in Barbados in 1664
- Brian Pulford, who settled in Virginia in 1697
Pulford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Pulford, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1751
Pulford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Pulford, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1876
Pulford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Francis W. Pulford and George Pulford, who were on record in the census of Ontario, Canada in 1871
Pulford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Pulford, aged 38, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CHEAPSIDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cheapside.htm
- John Pulford, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
- Edwin Pulford, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
- Susanna Pulford, aged 15, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
Contemporary Notables of the name Pulford (post 1700)
- David Pulford, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1933-60 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Douglas Pulford CBE RAF, British senior Royal Air Force officer
- Jaala Pulford (b. 1974), Australian politician
- Katherine Louise Pulford (b. 1980), New Zealand cricketer
- Robert Jesse Pulford (b. 1936), retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward
- Ernest Harvey Pulford (1875-1940), Canadian athlete, who was a national champion in several sports
Historic Events for the Pulford family
- Mr. Pulford, British Petty Officer Writer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html