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The Anglo-Saxon name Spafford comes from when the family resided in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire.

Spafford Early Origins



The surname Spafford 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.

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Spafford Spelling Variations


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Spafford 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 Spafford include Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.

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Spafford Early History


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Spafford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spafford research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1421 and 1448 are included under the topic Early Spafford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spafford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spafford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Spafford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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:

Spafford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Spafford Sr. who settled in New England in 1643
  • John, Spafford Sr., who arrived in New England in 1643

Spafford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Spafford, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1779

Spafford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William N. Spafford, who arrived in Utah in 1850
  • David Spafford arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Jessie I. Spafford, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1893
  • Mrs. Julia Spafford, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1893
  • George H. Spafford, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spafford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bertha M. Spafford, who settled in America, in 1903
  • B. Spafford, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Lizzie Spafford, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Miss A.F. Spafford, aged 29, who arrived at New York, in 1907
  • Howsin Spafford, aged 28, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spafford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Spafford, who arrived in Canada in 1858

Spafford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Anna E. Spafford, aged 23, who emigrated to London, Canada, in 1919
  • Annie Spafford, aged 18, who settled in St. John's Newfoundland, in 1923
  • Fred Spafford, aged 10, who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1923
  • Mary Spafford, aged 20, who settled in St. John's Newfoundland, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spafford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spafford (post 1700)



  • Marion Isabelle Sims Smith Spafford (1895-1982), ninth general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)
  • Suzy Spafford (b. 1945), American cartoonist best known for "Suzy's Zoo" characters on greeting cards
  • Harry Spafford, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1919
  • George Spafford (1794-1849), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windham, 1826, 1832; Member of Connecticut State Senate 13th District, 1834, 1838
  • Edward Elwell Spafford (1878-1941), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1930
  • Ebenezer Spafford, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lebanon, 1834
  • E. A. Spafford, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1956
  • Dwight S. Spafford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1888
  • Charles H. Spafford, American politician, Postmaster at Rockford, Illinois, 1843-45, 1871-75
  • Amos Spafford, American politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1804
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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    The Spafford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spafford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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