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About the study

Hilda VANDERVORD was my mother-in-law's maiden name - and on researching my husband's maternal family tree felt that we should make it a One-Name Study for she was descended from Dutch settlers of the 17th Century and the name hadn't changed in 400 years. At a GOON's seminar, I asked why it wouldn't have been anglicised during that time - the answer - 'because they were proud of it and they they were probably literate.' Both I'm sure were true.

Variant names

Van Der Vord, Vanderford, Vandervoot, Vanderwood

Name origin

According to the website the surname origin and meaning is

1. Dutch: habitational name from a place called De Voerde in Friesland
2. Dutch: Americanized form of VANDERVOORT

Historical occurrences of the name

Cornelius Vermuyden was commissioned for a project to reclaim Canvey Island from the encroachment of the sea (Decree in the Court of Chancery dated 17th February 1623) and in order to complete the job, he brought 300 Dutch workmen from Freisland/Holland. It was these Dutchmen who petitioned Charles I to allow them to worship in their own language - this was granted and a chapel was built on the island. Dom Cornelius Jacobson was elected their first Pastor and it his name that can be seen on one of the earliest British records so far found in 'A Calender of the Marriage Licence Allegations in the Register of the Bishop of London 1597-1770' which shows that on 24th July 1634 Jonas VANDEVORD married Elizabeth CAVE.

The Vandervords 'migrated' from Canvey Island to Leigh-on-Sea where they became involved with shipping and the sea. Over the next hundred years they moved eastwards along the coast of Essex, ending up in Southend-on-Sea as 'Hoymen' - these were the masters and crew of Hoys (one masted coasting ketches or barges) and over the next 150 years the Vandervords owned or sailed 34 Thames Barges. They owned their own granary and vineyard and as well as carrying trading goods, they transported passengers from one village or town to the next or to the city of London. In the 1850's they had weekly sailings advertised from Southend to Pickle Herring Wharf in the Pool of London. The family were responsible for the building of the first chain pier long before the Southend Pier project of 1829 was commenced.

Distribution of the name

In the 18th-19th Centuries mainly found in Essex, but there also seems to be a branch in Yorkshire. Some of the Vandervords became captains of one-masted baques sailing to Australia and there are branches of the family there as well as in New Zealand.