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This is a locational name of Olde English origin which derives from 'Heorot-forda', the crossing place of the deer, or from one of the many places called Hertford, Hereford, Hartford, Harford etc., spelling changes as they occur, being due to localised dialect and spelling. The name is a very early surname appearing twice in the Domesday Book, whilst Richard de Herfordia, a crusader and member of the Knights Templar in 1185, is an early example of incorrect spelling as he was from Hertford. The modern name spellings are Hereford, Harford, Herford, Hurford, and Hartford. John Harford c. 1860, wrote 'the life of Michael Angelo'...

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