Mine may have been of English, Welsh, Scottish or Irish origin. It entered my family most likely via plantation practices of assigning the owners' surnames to slaves and/or to freed slaves. When I traveled to Nassau, Bahamas in the late 1980s, an older black gentleman struck up a conversation with me by first asking me my surname. When I told him, he recounted that throughout the Caribbean, my surname is quite common among generation after generation of black people, and that was also based on the practice I stated above. ~
I do try to keep that... :) My maiden name is very very common over there. Not too many with that name here. My married name is even more uncommon here. I believe that my daughter and myself (?) are the only ones in Tennessee with this last name. There are only 6 letters and two syllables in it, but it's so uncommon that most people have trouble pronouncing it until I tell them the correct way to say it.
Very good ... Pickford Name Meaning English: habitational name, perhaps from Pickforde (‘pig ford’) in Ticehurst, Sussex. The surname is now most common in the Manchester region, but it does not seem to have reached there before the 17th century.
This post was edited by ALF at January 8, 2017 11:24 AM MST
It's English in origin. It comes from a village in Lancashire called "Bleasdale". My last name is a variant on that. It ultimately comes from Old Norse and Old English and means something like "white spot valley".
My specific spelling doesn't seem to have a coat of arms, but this is closely related: