Thetford is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Thetford family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Tetforde.
Early Origins of the Thetford family
The surname Thetford 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
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 Thetford family
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Thetford Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Thetford are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Thetford include Tetford, Thetford, Titford, Thetforde and others.
Early Notables of the Thetford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thetford family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Thetford, or a variant listed above:
Thetford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Eward Thetford who settled in Maryland in 1725
Thetford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew Thetford, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834 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)
Thetford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Thetford, aged 66, who landed in America, in 1911
- Clarence Thetford, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Warrington, England, in 1914
- Hugh Thetford, aged 35, who emigrated to America, in 1919
- Fred G. Thetford, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1921
Contemporary Notables of the name Thetford (post 1700)
- William Newton Thetford (1923-1988), American educator and psychologist from Chicago, Illinois