Stanford Family History
Stanford Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of various places so called including Stanford (Bedfordshire Kent) Stanford Dingley and Stanford in the Vale (Berkshire) Stanford le Hope and Stanford Rivers (Essex) Stanford Bishop and Stanford Regis (Herefordshire) Stanford on Avon (Northamptonshire) Stanford on Soar (Nottinghamshire) and Stanford on Teme (Worcestershire); also from Stamford (Lincolnshire Northumberland) Stamford Bridge (East Yorkshire) and Standford in Headley (Hampshire) all of which appear as Stanford in medieval documents. The placenames all derive from Old English stān ‘stone rock’ + ford ‘ford’. This surname has been established in Ireland since the 16th century where it is also found under the variant Stankard.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press