Sifford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Sifford name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided at the estate of Salford which had three early locations in England including Lancashire, Oxford and Bedfordshire.

Early Origins of the Sifford family

The surname Sifford 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 Sifford family

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Sifford Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sifford include Salford, Sallford, Sallforde, Salforde and others.

Early Notables of the Sifford family (pre 1700)

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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Sifford Ranking

In the United States, the name Sifford is the 14,760th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Migration of the Sifford family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sifford 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 Sifford (post 1700) +

  • Charles "Charlie" Sifford (1922-2015), American golfer, the first African American to play on the PGA Tour, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014
  • A. N. Sifford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Carolina, 1940 [3]
  • John Sifford Denney (b. 1978), American NFL football long snapper for the Miami Dolphins

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from on Facebook