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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.

Spofford Early Origins



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.

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Spofford Spelling Variations


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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.

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Spofford Early History


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Spofford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spofford research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1421 and 1448 are included under the topic Early Spofford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spofford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spofford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Spofford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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

Spofford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S Spofford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spofford (post 1700)


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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
  • Elmer P. Spofford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1904
  • 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
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Spofford Historic Events


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Spofford Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Bridie  Spofford (1895-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Motto


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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    11. ...

    The Spofford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spofford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 December 2016 at 13:36.

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