Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Ledford, Lidford, Ludford
Category: 2 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way, but currently in some countries only.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/lydford
Contact: Ms Pamela Lydford
2018 - I have found that Ludford claims to have originated in Warwickshire and became Lydford along the way.
I have found Lydford/Lidford names as far back as the Oxford Press for 1465, and have copies of documents from The National Archives in England dated 1699, 1742 and later. The most famous person I have found so far is Sir Harold Thomas Lydford who joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 at age 18, stayed in after WWI, and went on to become Air Marshall England. He spent 2 years of WWII in Washington as part of the England delegation there at that time. You can see his story in two articles I wrote on him in Between the Lines, my family history society's quarterly newsletter. Just google fhsrd.org.au. One John Lidford was killed in the American War of Independence, another served in the Crimea and India, and several were killed in WWI.
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