Early Origins of the Elfounder family
Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1381 when John Alefondre held the estates.
Early History of the Elfounder family
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Elfounder Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Elfounder include Alefounder, Alfounder, Allfounder, Alfunder, Alfonder, Allfonder, Elfounder and many more.
Early Notables of the Elfounder family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elfounder family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Elfounder were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Alefounder who settled in Virginia in 1717
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