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Spofford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the name Spofford date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Spofford family lived in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Spofford family


The surname Spofford 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 Spofford family


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Spofford Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Spofford are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Spofford include: Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.

Early Notables of the Spofford family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Spofford family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Spofford or a variant listed above:

Spofford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Spofford, who settled in Massachusetts in 1638
  • John, Spofford Sr., who arrived in New England in 1643 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Spofford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S Spofford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Contemporary Notables of the name Spofford (post 1700)


  • Charles Merville Spofford (b. 1902), American lawyer, former NATO representative for the United States
  • Edward "Ned" Spofford (b. 1931), American teacher of literature, former professor from Smith College at Stanford University who was accused, convicted and then had his conviction overturned for "possession of obscene photographs"
  • Daniel H. Spofford, American Christian Scientist who was accused of witchcraft through his "mesmeric" mental powers in the Salem witchcraft trial of 1878 also known as the second Salem witch trial
  • William Benjamin Spofford Jr. (b. 1921), American clergyman, 4th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon from 1969 to 1979
  • Henry Martyn Spofford (b. 1821), American jurist and politician, judge of the Louisiana Supreme Court, elected in 1877 to the United States Senate
  • Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford (b. 1835), American writer, best known for her novels, poems and detective stories
  • Ainsworth Rand Spofford (b. 1825), American journalist and publisher, 6th Librarian of the United States Congress from 1864 to 1897
  • Judson Spofford, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Huntington, West Virginia, 1881-84 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Elmer P. Spofford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1904 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Carl C. Spofford, American Republican politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Jaffrey, 1956; Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Jaffrey; Elected 1956 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Spofford family



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Bridie  Spofford (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

The Spofford 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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

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