, where they were a family of great antiquity seated at Bosbury with manor and estates in that shire. At Bosbury the church carries some very ancient monuments to the family. Families of this name also acquired Blaise Castle in
. By the 16th century they had acquired estates in London.
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A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Hairfield has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations
over the years. A few of its variants include: Harford, Hafford, Hereford, Hareford and others.
In the 1840s, Ireland
experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine
. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Hairfield: John Harford, who settled in Virginia in 1607, 13 years before the " Mayflower"; Mary Harford settled in Virginia in 1636; Charles Harford settled in Pennsylvania in 1683..