The name Uffith is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in either of the settlements called Ufford in the counties of Northamptonshire and Suffolk
. The surname Uffith belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Uffith family
The surname Uffith was first found in Suffolk
at Ufford, a parish, in the union of Woodbridge, hundred
of Wilford. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Ufford is also a civil parish in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
. Both parishes are ancient. The Cambridgeshire
parish dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Uffawyrtha in 948. The Suffolk
parish dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Uffeworda. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Both essentially mean "enclosure of a man called Uffa," from the Old English personal name
+ "worth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"Of this family, which afterwards arrived to great honour, Robert, a younger son of John de Peyton, of Peyton in the county of Suffolk
, assumed his surname from the lordship of Ufford, in that shire, became Robert de Ufford. His son was summoned to Parliament as a Baron
in 1308, and his grandson, also a Robert de Ufford, was created Earl of Suffolk
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 may confirm this claim as Robert de Ufford was listed in Suffolk
at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Later the Feet of Fines listed Thomas Ufford in Essex
in 1391. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Uffith family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Uffith research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1308, 1631, 1345, 1346, 1413, 1404 and 1349 are included under the topic Early Uffith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Uffith Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Uffith were recorded, including Ufford, Ufforde and others.
Early Notables of the Uffith family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Maud de Ufford, Countess of Oxford (1345/1346-1413), a wealthy English noblewoman and the wife of Thomas de Vere, 8th Earl of Oxford, only child was Robert de Vere, 9th Earl of Oxford, the favourite of King Richard II of England
, took part in... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Uffith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Uffith family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Uffith family emigrate to North America: Isabel Ufford, who settled in Boston in 1632; along with John, Thomas; John Ufford settled in Barbados in 1680.