The name Saford is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived at the estate of Salford which had three early locations in England
, Oxford and Bedfordshire
Early Origins of the Saford family
The surname Saford 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 Saford family
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Saford Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Saford family name include Salford, Sallford, Sallforde, Salforde and others.
Early Notables of the Saford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saford family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Saford surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Saford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Christopher Saford, who landed in Virginia in 1623 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)