The roots of the name Retfeard are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Retfeard was originally found in Midlothian
. However, the Retfeard 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 Retfeard family
The surname Retfeard 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 Retfeard family
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Retfeard Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations
. Retfeard has been spelled Redford, Redfurd, Rudford, Reidford and others.
Early Notables of the Retfeard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Retfeard family to the New World and Oceana
Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence
. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them: John Redford settled in Bermuda in 1635; James, John and Thomas Redford all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.