The origins of the Spaffart name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire
Early Origins of the Spaffart family
The surname Spaffart was first found in Lancashire
where they were Lords of the manor of Spafford from very ancient times, some say, before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Spaffart family
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Spaffart Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Spaffart were recorded, including Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.
Early Notables of the Spaffart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spaffart family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Spaffart family emigrate to North America: John, Sr. Spafford, who settled in New England
in 1643; John Spofford, who settled in Massachusetts in 1638; George Spafford, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1779.
The Spaffart Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fidelis ad extremum
Motto Translation: Faithful to the extreme.