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Scottish history reveals Retforth was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in Midlothian. However, the Retforth 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."

Retforth Early Origins



The surname Retforth 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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Retforth Early History


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Retforth Early History



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

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Retforth Spelling Variations


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Retforth 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. Retforth has been spelled Redford, Redfurd, Rudford, Reidford and others.

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Retforth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Retforth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Retforth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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.

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