Uforthay is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having lived in either of the settlements called Ufford in the counties of Northamptonshire and Suffolk
. The surname Uforthay 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 Uforthay family
The surname Uforthay 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 Uforthay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Uforthay 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 Uforthay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Uforthay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Uforthay has been recorded under many different variations, including Ufford, Ufforde and others.
Early Notables of the Uforthay 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 Uforthay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Uforthay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Uforthay or a variant listed above: Isabel Ufford, who settled in Boston in 1632; along with John, Thomas; John Ufford settled in Barbados in 1680.