The Strafforde 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 Strafforde family
The surname Strafforde 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 Strafforde family
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Strafforde Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Strafforde family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Strafforde family to Ireland
Some of the Strafforde family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Strafforde family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: David Stratford, a servant sent to the Foreign Plantations, who arrived in Nevis in 1661; Joseph Stratford, who arrived in Maryland in 1664; Amy Stratford, who came to Virginia in 1669.
The Strafforde 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.