Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Cerfithey is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in a valley or at the foot of a hill.
Cerfithey is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Cerfithey family
The surname Cerfithey was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cerfithey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cerfithey research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1583 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Cerfithey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cerfithey Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cerfithey has been spelled many different ways, including Kerfoot, Kerford, Kerfont, Kerfut, Kerriford and many more.
Early Notables of the Cerfithey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cerfithey family to Ireland
Some of the Cerfithey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cerfithey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cerfitheys to arrive in North America: Thomas Kerfitt, who settled in Virginia in 1624; and Elizabeth Kerfoote, who sailed to Virginia in 1637.