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From Old English rūh (rough) + ford (ford); compare the doublet Rufforth.

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Rufford (countable and uncountable, plural Ruffords)

  1. (uncountable) A placename:
    1. A village and civil parish in West Lancashire district, Lancashire, England (OS grid ref SD4615).
    2. A hamlet and civil parish in Newark and Sherwood district, Nottinghamshire, England (OS grid ref SK6465).
  2. (countable) A habitational surname from Old English.


  • According to data collected by Forebears in 2014, Rufford is the 51324th most common surname in England, belonging to 53 individuals.

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