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Wolford is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in one of the settlements called Walford in Dorset, Herefordshire, or Shropshire, or in Walford Hall in Warwickshire. The surname Wolford belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Wolford Early Origins



The surname Wolford 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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Wolford Spelling Variations


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Wolford 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. Wolford has been recorded under many different variations, including Walford, Wallford and others.

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Wolford Early History


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Wolford Early History



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

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Wolford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wolford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wolford 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 Wolford or a variant listed above:

Wolford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jeremy Wolford, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1630

Wolford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Wolford, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1836
  • George Wolford, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wolford (post 1700)



  • Eric Wolford, American college football head coach at Youngstown State University (2010-)
  • Frank Lane Wolford (1817-1895), American politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky (1883-1887)
  • Byron "Cowboy" Wolford (1930-2003), American rodeo cowboy and professional poker player, recipient of the World Series of Poker bracelet in 1991
  • William Charles Wolford (b. 1964), former American NFL football offensive lineman who played from 1986 through 1998

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Wolford Historic Events


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Wolford Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Robert Neil Wolford (b. 1951), American Sergeant from Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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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. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    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. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Wolford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wolford 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 6 January 2015 at 12:53.

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