Early Origins of the Trefithay family
The surname Trefithay 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
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 stræt (a Roman road) and ford (a river crossing). Combined the place name meant "ford on a Roman road." 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." 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.
Early History of the Trefithay family
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Trefithay Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Trefithay family (pre 1700)
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 Trefithay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Trefithay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Trafford settled in America in 1768.