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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."

Early Origins of the Retford family


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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Early History of the Retford family

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Early History of the Retford family


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 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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Early Notables of the Retford family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Retford family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Retford family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Retford family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Retford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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