Early Origins of the Rushford family
The surname Rushford was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Rushford, held by John, the nephew of Waleran, Count of Meulan, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Rushford family
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Rushford Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rushford, Rushforth, Russford, Russforth and others.
Early Notables of the Rushford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rushford family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rushford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Margaret Rushford, aged 17, who settled in America from New Ross, Ireland, in 1904
- A.S. Rushford, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- Philip Rushford, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Rushford (post 1700)
- James Thomas "Jim" Rushford (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball player from Chicago, Illinois
- Sharon Rushford (b. 1951), American politician, Independent Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 CITATION[CLOSE]
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