The ancient roots of the Spafforthe family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Spafforthe comes from when the family lived in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire
Early Origins of the Spafforthe family
The surname Spafforthe 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 Spafforthe family
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Spafforthe Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Spafforthe has appeared include Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.
Early Notables of the Spafforthe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spafforthe family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Spafforthe arrived in North America very early: 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 Spafforthe 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.