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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.

Early Origins of the Saffold family

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." 1

Early History of the Saffold family

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Saffold Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Saffold family

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Saffoled (died 1691), English empiric, (a person who, in medicine or other branches of science, relies solely on observation and experiment) originally a weaver by trade, received a license to practise as a doctor of physic from the bishop of London on 4 Sept. 1674. "He had a shop at...
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Saffold Ranking

In the United States, the name Saffold is the 14,489th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

Migration of the Saffold family

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..

Contemporary Notables of the name Saffold (post 1700) +

  • Samuel T. "Saint" Saffold (b. 1944), American former football split end who played one season with the Cincinnati Bengals of the American Football League in 1968
  • Monroe Saffold Jr. (b. 1948), American educator, minister, and body builder who entered the Masters Mr. America AAU national body building competition and took first place, tall division, in 1990
  • Reuben Saffold II, American cotton plantation owner and politician who built Belvoir, also known as the Saffold Plantation, near Pleasant Hill, Alabama
  • William Saffold, American pioneer who built Saffold Dam at the Flores Crossing, Texas in 1865
  • Reuben Saffold (1788-1847), American jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama from 1820 to 1834, and then Chief Justice until 1836
  • Benjamin Franklin Saffold (1826-1889), American jurist, Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama from 1868 to 1874
  • Rodger P. Saffold III (b. 1988), American football guard for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL)
  • Reuben Saffold, American politician, Member of Mississippi territorial House of Representatives, 1813-17 3
  • R. C. Saffold, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1876 3
  • Allen D. Saffold, American politician, Mayor of Greenwood, Mississippi, 1952-56 3

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook