The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Wofford come from when the family resided in one of the settlements called Walford in Dorset
, or Shropshire
, or in Walford Hall in Warwickshire
. The surname Wofford 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 Wofford family
The surname Wofford was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, from about the time of the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Wofford family
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Wofford 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. Wofford has been recorded under many different variations, including Walford, Wallford and others.
Early Notables of the Wofford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wofford 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 Wofford or a variant listed above:
Wofford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Chas. P. Wofford, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1906
- John W Wofford, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name Wofford (post 1700)
- William Tatum Wofford (1824-1884), American politician, Delegate to Georgia secession convention, 1861; General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Delegate to Georgia State Constitutional Convention, 1877
- Thomas Albert Wofford (1908-1978), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1948, 1956; U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1956
- S. O. Wofford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1912 (Honorary Vice-President; Member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee)
- John W. Wofford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1876
- Rob Wofford, American politician, Representative from Texas 15th District, 1996
- John G. Wofford, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996
- Jefferson L. Wofford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1868
- Harris Llewellyn Wofford (b. 1926), American Democrat politician, Pennsylvania Democratic State Chair, 1986; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1991-95; Appointed 1991; Defeated, 1994
- Dan Wofford, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 6th District, 2002; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
- William T. Wofford (1824-1884), Confederate general during the American Civil War
- ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Suggested Readings for the name Wofford
- The Homecoming: A Celebration of the Wofford, Lottie, And Brinker Families by Dorothy Wofford Withersponn
The Wofford Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nosce teipsum
Motto Translation: Know thyself.