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Spofforth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Spofforth is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the parish of Spofforth in Knaresborough in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Spofforth family


The surname Spofforth 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 Spofforth family


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Spofforth Spelling Variations


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Spofforth family name include Spaford, Spafford, Spafforde, Spafforth and others.

Early Notables of the Spofforth family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Spofforth family to the New World and Oceana


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Spofforth surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Spofforth (post 1700)


  • Reginald Spofforth (1770-1827), writer of glees
  • Frederick Robert Spofforth (1853-1926), Australian cricket player

The Spofforth 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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