Early Origins of the Sapford family
The surname Sapford was first found in Hertfordshire
where the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and village of Sawbridgeworth, held by Geoffrey de Mandeville, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. The village consisted of Mill and a few houses. Utterby in Lincolnshire
is of indirect interest to the family. "Utterby House, the seat of the Rev. H. B. Benson, is beautifully situated, and the grounds comprehend some picturesque scenery; over the entrance are the armorial bearings of the Sapsford family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Unfortunately, we can find no trace of how the family arms came to be there. One can only presume that at one time the family held Utterby House.
Early History of the Sapford family
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Sapford Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Sapsford, Sapsworth, Sapsforde, Sapstead, Sapseth, Sapford and many more.
Early Notables of the Sapford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sapford family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sapford or a variant listed above:
Sapford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Sapford, who landed in Maryland in 1677 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)