Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Spefford is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Spefford family
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 Spefford family
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Spefford Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Spefford has been spelled many different ways, including Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.
Early Notables of the Spefford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Spefford family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Speffords to arrive in 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 Spefford 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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