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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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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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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