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Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish


The name Retherford comes from the proud Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region. The Retherford family lived in the Parish of Maxton, where Rutherford was a town, near Roxburghshire. The place name Rutherford is derived from the Old English words "hryder" meaning "cattle" and "ford," which is "a shallow part of a river."

Retherford Early Origins



The surname Retherford was first found in the Parish of Maxton, town of Rutherford, county Roxburghshire. The first bearers of Retherford on record were two knights: Gregory and Nicholas de Rutherford.

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Retherford Spelling Variations


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Retherford Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rutherford, Rutterford, Rudderford, Rudford and others.

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Retherford Early History


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Retherford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Retherford research. Another 533 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1215, 1249, 1285, 1296, 1361, 1411, 1413, 1451, 1493, 1448, 1580, 1664, 1st , 1600 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Retherford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Retherford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Retherford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Andrew Rutherford (d. 1664), Scottish soldier of fortune, created 1st and only Earl of Teviot by Charles...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Retherford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Retherford In Ireland


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Retherford In Ireland



Some of the Retherford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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:

Retherford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Austin Retherford, aged 46, who emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Retherford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Retherford (post 1700)



  • Robert Curtis Retherford (1912-1981), American physicist, known for having revealed the Lamb shift in the fine structure of hydrogen
  • Wes Retherford (b. 1984), American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2013-)
  • Claude Retherford (1926-1998), American politician, Mayor of Tulare, California, 1982-98

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec sorte, nec fato
Motto Translation: Neither by chance nor destiny.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    11. ...

    The Retherford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Retherford 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 10 December 2015 at 11:13.

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