Radford Family History
Radford Name Meaning
English and Scottish: habitational name from any of several places called Radford (Devon Nottinghamshire Oxfordshire Somerset Warwickshire Worcestershire) Raddiford (Devon) Ratford (Sussex Wiltshire) Redford (Angus Fife Midlothian Dorset Sussex) Retford (Nottinghamshire) Rodford (Gloucestershire) or Rudford (Gloucestershire). Most of these placenames appear to derive from Old English rēad ‘red’ + ford ‘ford’ though some are likely to derive from Old English hrēod ‘reed’ + ford (e.g. Rodford and Rudford (Gloucestershire)) and the Oxfordshire placename may derive from Old English rād ‘riding’ + ford probably meaning ‘ford which can be crossed on horseback’. This English name has been established in Ireland (Wexford) since the 16th century.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022