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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Saffold surname lived at the estate of Salford which had three early locations in England including Lancashire, Oxford and Bedfordshire.
The surname Saffold was first found in Bedfordshire in the parish of Salford. "This place, which lies on the borders of Buckinghamshire, was formerly the property of a family who took their name from it, and was afterwards possessed by the Drakelows, and the Charnocks, from whom it passed by marriage to the Herveys." 
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Saffold are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Saffold include: Salford, Sallford, Sallforde, Salforde and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saffold research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 126 and 1260 are included under the topic Early Saffold History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Saffold Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Saffold or a variant listed above: John, Robert and Mary Salford who settled in Virginia in 1611; nine years before the "Mayflower"; John and Sarah Salford settled in Virginia in 1623.
The Saffold Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saffold 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.
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