William Dunford

Brief Life History of William

When William Dunford was born about 1784, in Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Dunford, was 23 and his mother, Susannah Benger, was 22. He married Sarah Alexander Lester on 21 August 1809, in Wilsford, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters.

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William Dunford
Sarah Alexander Lester
Marriage: 21 August 1809
Thomas Alexander Durnford
James Dunford
Elizabeth Dunford
Elizabeth Dunford
Emma Dunford
Susannah Dunford
Sarah Dunford
George Dunford
Fanny Dunford

Sources (11)

  • William Durnford, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Duntford, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"
  • William Dunford in entry for Fanny Dunford, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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Name Meaning

habitational name from Dunford Bridge, in Thurlstone (Yorkshire), so called from the river Don (a British name possibly meaning ‘river’) + Old English ford ‘ford’, or from Dunford House in Methley (Yorkshire), named in Old English as ‘Dunn's ford’ (see Dunn 2).

variant of Durnford, a habitational name from Durnford in Wiltshire, arising from Old English dierne + ford ‘hidden ford’. Alternatively, the name may perhaps arise from Dunford, alias Durnford, in Addlestone (Surrey).


Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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