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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Wofford come from when the family resided in one of the settlements called Walford in Dorset, Herefordshire, 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.

Wofford Early Origins



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 in 1066.

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Wofford Spelling Variations


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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.

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Wofford Early History


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Wofford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wofford research. Another 308 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1833 is included under the topic Early Wofford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wofford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wofford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wofford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wofford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wofford (post 1700)



  • William T. Wofford (1824-1884), Confederate general during the American Civil War
  • Thomas A. Wofford (1908-1978), American politician, United States Senator from South Carolina
  • Mike Wofford (b. 1938), American jazz pianist
  • James Cunningham Wofford (b. 1944), American gold, silver and bronze medalist Olympic equestrian
  • Harris Llewellyn Wofford (b. 1926), American politician, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1991 to 1995)
  • Dan Wofford, American politician

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Suggested Readings for the name Wofford


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Suggested Readings for the name Wofford



  • The Homecoming: A Celebration of the Wofford, Lottie, And Brinker Families by Dorothy Wofford Withersponn

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Motto


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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.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    The Wofford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wofford 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 October 2015 at 20:25.

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