Retfithey is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Midlothian
. However, the Retfithey 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 Retfithey family
The surname Retfithey 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 Retfithey family
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Retfithey Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Retfithey has been spelled Redford, Redfurd, Rudford, Reidford and others.
Early Notables of the Retfithey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Retfithey family to the New World and Oceana
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence
caused those who remained loyal to England
to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan
societies. Among them: John Redford settled in Bermuda in 1635; James, John and Thomas Redford all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.