Warford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Warford family

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] 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.

Early History of the Warford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Warford research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1319, 1641, 1560, 1608, 1560 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Warford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Warford Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Warford family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Warford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Warford migration to the United States +

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Warford migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warford Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Joshua Warford, aged 34, who immigrated to St. John's, Nfld., in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Warford (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Victor E. Warford, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 8 aerial victories


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


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