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Where did the English Warford family come from? What is the English Warford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Warford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Warford family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Warfield, Warefield, Worfield, Wawfield, Wafield, Wayfield and many more.

First found in Berkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Warfield, held by the King, formerly held by Queen Edith who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warford research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1319 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Warford History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • C. Warford, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Jeanie M. Warford, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Agnes Warford, aged 22, who arrived in America from Clifton, England, in 1907
  • Anne Warford, aged 33, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Sidney F. Warford, aged 70, who arrived in America, in 1914

Warford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Joshua Warford, aged 34, who emigrated to St. John's, Nfld., in 1922


  • Jack Warford, American actor, known for his work in The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980) and Homework (1982)
  • Mark Warford, American director, musician and producer
  • John Warford (b. 1947), American politician, Mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota (2002-)
  • Larry Warford III (b. 1991), American NFL football offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Warford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Warford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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