The lineage of the name Spafforde begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire
Early Origins of the Spafforde family
The surname Spafforde 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 Spafforde family
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Spafforde Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Spafforde has undergone many spelling variations
, including Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.
Early Notables of the Spafforde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spafforde family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Spafforde were among those contributors: 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 Spafforde 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.