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Turford is obviously a surname derived from a place name. 'Ford' is, as you probably know, a place where one can easily cross a river. 'Tur-' could possibly derive from the name of the god Thor, or more likely from a man whose name contained the god's name as a 'theophoric' element (Like Thorir, Thord, Thorvald, etc.).
Unless it's 'Turf-ford,' which might have the Old Norse/Norman name of Torf or Torvi, or else simply refers to a ford near a place where peat was gathered? (The above info was sent to me from Jared L. Olar)
The word Tor is also Old English for the word Hill so may be a ford running by a hill. Any other theories please email them to the site to share.