Origins Available: Borderlands, Scottish
Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region. The Rudferd 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."
Early Origins of the Rudferd family
Roxburghshire. The first bearers of Rudferd on record were two knights: Gregory and Nicholas de Rutherford.
Early History of the Rudferd family
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Rudferd Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rutherford, Rutterford, Rudderford, Rudford and others.
Early Notables of the Rudferd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rudferd family to Ireland
Some of the Rudferd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Rudferd family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James and George Rutherford settled in Virginia in 1716; Charles and John Rutherford settled in Boston in 1774; Adam, Alan, James, John, Joseph, Robert, Sarah, William Rutherford all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870..
The Rudferd 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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