Tedford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Tedford family lived in Lincolnshire, at Tetforde.

Early Origins of the Tedford family

The surname Tedford was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Tetforde from very ancient times, some say from the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Gilbert of Tetford who held his lands from the Archbishop of York at the time of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086. At that time the village consisted of a church, a mill, and nine outlying mills.

Early History of the Tedford family

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Tedford Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Tetford, Thetford, Titford, Thetforde and others.

Early Notables of the Tedford family (pre 1700)

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United States Tedford migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Tedford or a variant listed above:

Tedford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Tedford, aged 28, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • George Tedford, aged 28, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Ellen Tedford, aged 25, who settled in America from Armagh, in 1893
  • Emma J. Tedford, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Tedford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Mary Tedford, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Harry Tedford, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Banbridge, Ireland, in 1909
  • Henry Tedford, aged 22, who landed in America from Armagh, Ireland, in 1909
  • Thomas Tedford, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Portadown, Ireland, in 1910
  • Robert Tedford, aged 34, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Tedford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tedford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edith Tedford, aged 30, who landed in Toronto, Canada, in 1910

New Zealand Tedford migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Tedford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Tedford, (b. 1857), aged 21, Irish farm labourer from Armagh departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878
  • Mr. John Tedford, (b. 1857), aged 21, Irish farm labourer from Armagh departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Tedford (post 1700) +

  • Fred H. Tedford, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1912
  • Richard Hall Tedford (1929-2011), American Curator Emeritus in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City
  • Travis William Tedford (b. 1988), American actor, best known for portraying Our Gang kid Spanky McFarland in the 1994 feature film The Little Rascals
  • Jeff Tedford (b. 1961), American football coach
  • Ensign Tedford Harris Cann (1897-1963), American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor


  1. ^ 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)


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