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The Strafford surname is a habitation name derived from one of various places, so named. These place names come from the Old English words "stroet," and "ford;" thus describing a location where the road crossed a stream. Places named Stratford that can be found in the Domesday Book include towns in Suffolk, Wiltshire, and of course Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, held at that time by the Bishop of Worcester.

Strafford Early Origins



The surname Strafford was first found in Suffolk where a Robert de Stratford was listed in the Domesday Book, as holding the Hundred of Samford both before and after the Conquest. John de Stratford (died 1348) was Archbishop of Canterbury and Treasurer and Chancellor of England.

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Strafford Spelling Variations


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Strafford Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Stratford, Strafford and others.

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Strafford Early History


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Strafford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Strafford research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1589, 1602, 1633, 1707, 1689, 1707, 1698, 1777, 1727, 1736, 1739 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Strafford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Strafford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Strafford Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Strafford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Strafford In Ireland


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Strafford In Ireland



Some of the Strafford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Strafford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Strafford, who arrived in Michigan in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Strafford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Strafford (post 1700)



  • Thomas Wentworth Strafford (1593-1641), English statesman
  • Air Marshal Stephen Charles Strafford CB, CBE, DFC, RAF (1898-1966), Royal Naval Air Service pilot in the during World War I

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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: Virtuti nihil obstat et armis
Motto Translation: Nothing resists valour and arms.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Strafford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Strafford 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 10 September 2013 at 11:10.

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