Yorkshire place name, which is in turn derived fro the Old English elements "gara," which denoted a triangular piece of ground, and "ford," meaning a crossing place through shallow water.
Early Origins of the Garfirth family
Yorkshire 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 13th century when they held estates in that shire and held a family seat at Sleeton.
Early History of the Garfirth family
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Garfirth Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Garfirth have been found, including Garforth, Garford, Garforde, Garforthe and others.
Early Notables of the Garfirth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Garfirth family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Garfirth, or a variant listed above: Gervais Garford, who arrived in Salem, MA between the years 1620-1650; Richard Garford, who came to Maryland in 1651; Ruth Garford, who came to Virginia Year in 1714.
Historic Events for the Garfirth family
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