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The name Radford first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived beside a marsh or reedy ford. Radford is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Radford Early Origins



The surname Radford was first found in Devon 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.

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Radford Spelling Variations


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Radford Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Radford has appeared include Radford, Ratford and others.

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Radford Early History


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Radford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Radford research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Radford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Radford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Radford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Radford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Radford arrived in North America very early:

Radford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Heny Radford settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Henrie Radford, aged 20, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
  • George, William, and Richard Radford settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Radford, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John Radford, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Radford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Radford arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Martha Radford arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Herman Radford arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Eliza Radford arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • Charles Radford arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Radford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Henry Radford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Sarah Radford arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Radford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Radford (post 1700)



  • Stephen L. Radford (d. 1933), American Republican politician, Probate judge in Connecticut, 1914-30; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Greenwich, 1933
  • William Radford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
  • William Radford (1814-1870), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1863-67; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1864
  • W. Radford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1888
  • Vechel D. Radford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996
  • Robert T. Radford, American politician, Mayor of Monrovia, California, 1953-54
  • Jake Radford, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 53rd District, 1975
  • Harold Radford, American Democrat politician, Chair of Lawrence County Democratic Party, 2003
  • DuVal Radford, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1950
  • Arthur Radford (1896-1973), American World War II admiral, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Radford


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Suggested Readings for the name Radford



  • Minnie, Mallory, Boyett, and Mallory, Hagan, Pullen, Radford, Goggans, Peterson, and Richardson Kin by Woodrow W. Boyett.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Radford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Radford 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.

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