An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Redforth. They lived in Midlothian
. However, the Redforth family name comes from any of several place names in England
called Redford, from Old English re-ad
meaning "red" and ford,
meaning "a place where a river can be crossed."
Early Origins of the Redforth family
The surname Redforth was first found in Midlothian
, 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 Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Redforth family
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Redforth Spelling Variations
Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred
years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations
in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Redforth has been spelled Redford, Redfurd, Rudford, Reidford and others.
Early Notables of the Redforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Redforth family to the New World and Oceana
For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: John Redford settled in Bermuda in 1635; James, John and Thomas Redford all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.