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
, and of course Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
, held at that time by the Bishop of Worcester.
Early Origins of the Strafford family
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.
Early History of the Strafford family
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Strafford Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Strafford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Strafford family to Ireland
Some of the Strafford family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Strafford family to the New World and Oceana
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 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 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
The Strafford 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.