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Where did the Scottish Telford family come from? What is the Scottish Telford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Telford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Telford family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Telfer, Talfer, Telford, Telpher, Talifero, Tailyefer, Telfair and many more.

First found in Huntingdon, where they were descended from Taillefer of Normandy, jester to King William, Duke of Normandy, who asked the Duke for a favor at Hastings. Telfer put his horse to the gallop charging before all the rest to the amazement of the English soldiers. He was granted lands in Huntingdon, but was invited by David, Earl of Huntingdon, later to be King of Scotland, to attend him in Scotland and was granted lands in Lanarkshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Telford research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1500, 1643, and 1683 are included under the topic Early Telford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Telford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Telford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Telford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Telford settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772
  • John Telford settled in Virginia in 1774
  • Francis Telford, who arrived in New York in 1796

Telford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Telford, aged 42, landed in New York in 1812
  • James Telford, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • John Telford, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • William Telford, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Thomas Telford, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848

Telford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Telford, English convict from Northumberland, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Leonard Telford, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • Jane Telford, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
  • Robert Telford, aged 44, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

Telford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Telford landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Bengal Merchant
  • William Telford, aged 24, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • William Telford, aged 38, a bricklayer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Margaret Telford, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842

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  • Anthony Telford (b. 1966), American Major League baseball player
  • Thomas Telford (1757-1834), Scottish stonemason, architect and civil engineer and a noted road, bridge and canal builder, eponym of Telford, Shropshire
  • Robert Taylor Telford (1860-1933), Canadian pioneer and politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1905 until 1913
  • Carly Telford (b. 1987), English footballer
  • Zoe Telford (b. 1973), British actress
  • Dick Telford (b. 1945), former Australian rules footballer
  • William Albert "Billy" Telford (b. 1956), English former professional footballer
  • Bill "Snow" Telford, New Zealand rugby league player and coach
  • Carly Mitchell Telford (b. 1987), English international football goalkeeper from County Durham


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