Danford Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Danford Name
Origins of Danford:
This interesting and unique name is listed as Danford, Danforth, Denford, and Denforth. It is an English regional surname. It acquires from either of the two hamlets named as Denford in the districts of Northamptonshire and Berkshire, or Danesford in the division of Shropshire. The name perhaps means the “Ford in the Dale” from the pre 7th century words “denu”, which means a dale or valley, and “forda”, which means a not deep river crossing with a strong bed, though the Danes Ford is also possible, mentioning an area under Danish Viking rule. The first registration is Dorf Denford in Berkshire in the Saxon Rolls of the year 678, the Northants hamlet listed in the popular Domesday Book of the year 1086 as is the Shropshire hamlet. The surname provided firstly to the king of the castle and his champions, and after that to old villagers who moved elsewhere frequently in the old times, for the search of work. When this occurred, would often be named by the name of their old Hamlet, as an easy source of recognition.
More common variations are: Danaford, Daniford, Daneford, Danfordi, Deanford, Danfford, Dianeford, Danifordi, Dunford, Denford.
The surname Danford first appeared in Suffolk where they held a family seat as kings of the castle. The Saxon impact of English history declined after the conquest of Hastings in 1066. French was the language of court for the next three centuries, and the Norman rule overcame. But Saxon surnames remained, and the family name was first introduced in the 13th century when they held lands in that shire.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Walter de Deneford, of Northamptonshire, dated about 1293 to sarra de Danford, in the record of “Placita de Quo Warranto.” It was during the time of King Edward I, who was known to be the “The Hammer of Scots,” dated 1272-1307. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Danford settled in the United States in four different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th. Some of the individuals with the name Danford who landed in the United States in the 17th century included Nicholas Danford, who came to Massachusetts in 1634. Thomas Danford who settled in New England in 1650. Samuel Danford settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1674 and Mary Danford who settled in Virginia in 1699.
People with the surname Danford who settled in the United States in the 18th century included John Danford arrived in America in 1718.
The following century saw many more Danford surnames come. Some of the population with the surname Danford who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included James Danford, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816. George Danford, who settled in New York, NY in 1822. George Danford, who arrived in San Francisco in 1851. Amy Danford landed in America, in 1893. Nita Danford at the age of 17, who moved to America from Dublin, in 1893.
People with the surname Danford who settled in the United States in the 20th century included Edwin Danford, who settled in America, in 1905. Michael Danford who shifted to the United States from Dunganan, Ireland, in 1906. Monford Danford and Mary R. Danford, both landed in America, in the same year 1920. Ma Danford, who landed to the United States from Limerick, Ireland, in 1922.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Danford: Tanzania 4,196; United States 3,293; Fiji 365; South Africa 292; Canada 171; England 151; New Zealand 33; Zimbabwe 22; Northern Mariana Islands 8; Kenya 3.
Lorenzo Danford was an American Congressman from Ohio.
Harry Danford is a political leader in Ontario, Canada.
David Joel Danford was born June in 1984, and is a British percussionist.
Danford Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Danford blazon are the bendy and chief. The three main tinctures (colors) are azure, or and gules .
Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” 1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P150.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 4A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.6The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 7Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.
Knowing that the bend is a diagonal stripe of colour, we can easily conclude that bendy is the variant whereby the whole of the shield is covered with diagonal stripes of alternating colours, usually around 4 or 5 of each colour. 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Bend We should not assign any particular significance to the choice of this pattern, but rather more to the colours they are composed of.
The chief is an area across the top of the field 10Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 40. It appears in many different forms and can itself be charged with other charges and ordinaries, 11A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Chief, being treated almost as if it were a completely separate area. In its simplest form it can be clearly identified. Early examples include the award by Henry III of England to the knight Robert de MORTEYN BRETON of Ermine, a chief gules.