Redfern History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Redfern date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Redfern family lived in the region of Redfern in Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Redfern family

The surname Redfern was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Redfern near Rochdale, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Redfern family

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Redfern Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Redfern are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Redfern include: Redferne, Redfern, Reedfern, Readfern, Reddfern, Redfearn, Redfinn, Redfyne and many more.

Early Notables of the Redfern family (pre 1700)

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United States Redfern migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Redfern or a variant listed above:

Redfern Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isabel Redfern who settled in Massachusetts in 1635
Redfern Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Redfern, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825 [1]
  • Edward Redfern, aged 24, who arrived in Kansas in 1869 [1]
  • Benjamin, Francis, James, John, Joseph, Robert, Samuel, and Thomas Redfern all, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1848 and 1880

Canada Redfern migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Redfern Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles R Redfern, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Redfern migration to Australia +

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

Redfern Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Redfern, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Esther Redfern, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [3]
  • William Redfern, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [4]
  • William Redfern, aged 24, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" [4]
  • Joseph Redfern, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [5]

New Zealand Redfern migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Redfern Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss E. Redfern, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 [6]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Redfern, (b. 1820), aged 38, English settler from Lancashire travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [7]
  • Mr. Salathiel Redfern, (b. 1820), aged 38, English joiner from Lancashire travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [7]
  • Mr. William Redfern, (b. 1844), aged 14, English settler from Lancashire travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [7]
  • Miss Jane Redfern, (b. 1852), aged 6, English settler from Lancashire travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Redfern (post 1700) +

  • Chris Redfern (b. 1964), American Democratic politician from the state of Ohio
  • John Redfern, American politician, Mayor of Hibbing, Minnesota, 1901 [8]
  • Fred C. Redfern, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1928 [8]
  • Francis W. Redfern (b. 1842), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Clinton County, 1893-96 [8]
  • Donald B. Redfern, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 3rd District, 1988 [8]
  • Chris Redfern, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2004, 2008; Ohio Democratic State Chair, 2008; Presidential Elector for Ohio, 2012 [8]
  • Alfred Redfern, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1879-80 [8]
  • James Frank Redfern (1838-1876), English sculptor, born at Hartington, Derbyshire
  • Philip Redfern, English Deputy Director, Office of Population, Census and Surveys
  • Ms. Suzanne Redfern M.B.E. (b. 1977), born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, British Cricket Umpire and former player, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Women’s Cricket in the UK and Abroad [9]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stratheden.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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