I have been researching my Dunford ancestors for over twenty-five years, now. I have discovered two original spellings for the name, Durnford and Derneford. An English teacher from our local high school look up the meanings for me in an old English dictionary. According to him "ford" means a crossing; "Durn" means cursed; and "Derne" means blessed. So depending on the part of England your family originates, it either means a cursed crossing or a blessed crossing.
The oldest record I have is a christening in 1690, Longbridge Deverill, Wiltshire. The other spelling also recorded at that time is Durnford.
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