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The surname Trafford was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Trafford, before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Randolphus Trafford lived about the year 1030 and was Lord of the manor of Trafford. His son Randolphus (Randolphus filius Radulphi) died about the year 1080. However, two other references claims the progenitor of the family was Ralph de Trafford who died about 1050. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Trafford is today a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester but claims its origin from as an Anglo-French version of "Stratford," deriving from the Old English words stręt (a Roman road) and ford (a river crossing). Combined the place name meant "ford on a Roman road." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Later the parish of Wilmslow in Cheshire was an ancient family seat. "The church is a handsome and very ancient structure in the decorated and later English styles, with a square tower; it comprises a nave, chancel, and two aisles, of which the east end of one and the west end of the other are inclosed as sepulchral chapels, for the families of Dunham and Trafford." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The same church includes an inscription to Henry Treffort, rector, 1537. Sir Thomas Joseph de Trafford, Bart. was patron of the parish.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Trafford, Trafforde, Traford and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Trafford research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1495, 1773, 1288, 1284, 1334, 1309, 1426, 1444, 1514, 1495, 1526, 1590, 1620, 1603, 1617 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Trafford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Sir Henry de Trafford (died c. 1288) was knighted before 1284; and his son, Sir Henry de Trafford (died 1334) was knighted in 1309; Sir Henry Trafford, knighted at Whitsuntide in 1426; Sir John Trafford, knighted c. 1444; Sir Edmund...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Trafford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Trafford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Trafford settled in America in 1768

Trafford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Rawson Trafford landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
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  • Rodney Trafford (b. 1978), former American football tight end
  • Mason Trafford (b. 1986), American-born, Canadian soccer player
  • Sir John Humphrey de Trafford (b. 1950), 7th baronet of Trafford Park, English peer
  • Sir Dermot Humphrey de Trafford (1925-2010), 6th Baronet of Trafford Park, English peer
  • Sir Rudolph Edgar Francis de Trafford (1894-1983), 5th Baronet of Trafford Park, English peer
  • Sir Humphrey Edmund de Trafford (1891-1971), 4th Baronet of Trafford Park, English peer
  • Sir Humphrey Francis de Trafford (1862-1929), 3rd Baronet of Trafford Park, English peer
  • Sir Humphrey de Trafford (1808-1886), 2nd Baronet of Trafford Park, English peer
  • Sir Thomas Joseph de Trafford DL (1778-1852), 1st Baronet, a member of a prominent family of English Roman Catholics
  • Charles Edmund de Trafford (1864-1951), English aristocrat and noted cricketer
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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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