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A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Retford. They lived in Midlothian. However, the Retford 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."

Retford Early Origins



The surname Retford 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.

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Retford Spelling Variations


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Retford Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Retford has appeared as Redford, Redfurd, Rudford, Reidford and others.

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Retford Early History


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Retford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Retford research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1612, 1688 and 1547 are included under the topic Early Retford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Retford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Retford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Retford 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Retford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary A. Retford, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Charles Retford, aged 17, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Charlotte Retford, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Mary A. Retford, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Retford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Retford 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 October 2013 at 13:34.

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