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The surname Warford was 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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Warford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

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



  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. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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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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