Does anyone have a family tree with de dunford in it?

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We have found the river don has nothing to do with  the dunford name it is over 3000 years old named by the Celtics.and the old map reads de dunford bridge which means a Normandy knight or lord own the land,now the bridge was first built in 1066 so our owner own the bridge from 1066 to 1650 and his first names were something de dunford.then it could have changed to,just something dunford.now where. In Yorkshire would have married ,buried .what church.anything which could help.is there anyone with a family tree with de dunford in it.please can you help
WikiTree profile: Robert Peter Dunford
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From Wikipedia article about Dunford Bridge 

Located in the western part of South Yorkshire. 

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Dunford Bridge – view from Winscar Reservoir
Just a thought if you went to a farm called say Williams farm you would expect to find a family of Williams living there,so if we find a village named dunford.a large land area called dunford so land .you must think dunford must have owned it.and then find a bridge gong over a river called dunford bridge you would expect a dunford owned this bridge,but the genealogist can't find or any records of these dunfords.nowvwe all know that the dunfords had to flee.its in our huistory books.know all people who owned land had to pay taxes.all people were registered.so I think there is know doubt about it dunfords lived there.for a few hundred years where were they buried.so many questions.please help,

This may offer something of interest.

 

Last name: Dunford

Dunford is an Anglo-Saxon surname which is habitational from either Dunford Bridge, a hamlet near Penistone, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, or from Dunford House in Methley, also in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The place near Penistone is derived from the river Don (an ancient British name which may have meant "river"), and the Olde English pre 7th Century "ford", a ford; hence, "ford on the river Don", while the place in Methley is derived from the Middle English (1200 - 1500) "dunn", from the Olde English "dunn", dark-coloured (usually given as a nickname for a man with dark hair or a swarthy complexion), and the Olde English "ford", as before; hence, "Dunn's ford". However, sometimes it is difficult to be precise about whether a surname is derived from an identifying topographic phrase such as "(at) the ford on the river Don", or from an established placename, as in this case Dunford. Therefore Dunford may be topographical; having the same derivation as the placenames. Andrew Dunford married Elizabeth Scotte on April 29th 1617, at Thornhill, Yorkshire. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a red shield with a gold crescent, and a silver bend. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Dunfurth, which was dated March 23rd 1581, christened at Thornhill by Dewsbury, Yorkshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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