The ancient history of the Spaforthey name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire
Early Origins of the Spaforthey family
The surname Spaforthey 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 Spaforthey family
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Spaforthey 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 Spaforthey include Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.
Early Notables of the Spaforthey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spaforthey family to the New World and Oceana
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 Spaforthey or a variant listed above: 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 Spaforthey 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.