The ancestors of the Safforth surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived at the estate of Salford which had three early locations in England
, Oxford and Bedfordshire
Early Origins of the Safforth family
The surname Safforth 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Safforth family
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Safforth Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Safforth include Salford, Sallford, Sallforde, Salforde and others.
Early Notables of the Safforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Safforth family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..