This name derives from the Old English surname “Stadford”, meaning “landing-place ford”. The twin villages of East and West Stafford in Dorset have also provided some name-holders. These appear in the Domesday Book simply as "Stanford" and this implies as slightly different meaning of "the stony ford". Stafford is the county town of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands of England. Stafford means 'ford' by a 'staithe' (landing place). The original settlement was on dry sand and gravel peninsula that provided a strategic crossing point in the marshy valley of the River Sow, a tributary of the River Trent.