In Staffordshire Names and Places p. 10 (1902) we find
Meaford, 1 1/2 m. N. W. of Stone D
Domesday Book. Mepford, Metford; 1173 Medford; 1251, later Mefford.
Meaford lies on the Trent, where it is crossed by the great road from London to the N. W. The terminal ford doubtless applies to the passage of the river.
Deon regarding the Staffordshire town.
Called in Domesday Book both Medford and Metford, in 1173 it was called Medford.
In 1251 it was still Medford, later it was Mefford; and in 1892, and probably now, Meaford —all this variety of spelling (possibly not of pronunciation) in staid old England.
Somehow we fancy that e has its short sound in all, as a recent comer from Staffordshire pronounces the present Meaford Mefford. The New England town, now a city of 37,000 people, has almost from its earliest days been called Medford and sixteen others in as many states bear the name spelled in the same way and more or less traceable thereto.
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