The name Halferty is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Halford, a place-name found in Devon
, or Warwickshire
, or in Haleford, a lost place in Kent
. Despite the similarity of the place-names, they are derived from different sources. The Halford name which was found in Salop (now called Shropshire), for example, is derived from the Old English words haforce,
which means "hawk," and ford,
a word that means "shallow place where a river may be crossed by wading." It was rendered as Hauerford in 1155. Another Halford, this one in Warwickshire, was listed as Halchford sometime in the 12th century; it is derived from the Old English words halh,
which meant "remote nook or corner of land," and ford,
a shallow place where a river could be crossed without a bridge.
Early Origins of the Halferty family
The surname Halferty was first found in Leicestershire
at Wistow which was held by the family since well before the 16th century.
Early History of the Halferty family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halferty research.Another 475 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1658, 1844, 1580, 1658, 1641, 1679, 1663, 1690, 1689, 1690, 1695 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Halferty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Halferty Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Halferty were recorded, including Halford, Hallford, Halforde and others.
Early Notables of the Halferty family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Halford, 1st Baronet
(c.?1580-1658), Sheriff of Leicestershire
in the 19th year of James I's reign, created a Baronet
on 18 December 1641, notable for his allegiance to Charles I... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Halferty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Halferty family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Halferty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Alexander Halferty, aged 16, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
- Nancy Halferty, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838
Halferty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Halferty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
The Halferty Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtus in actione consistit
Motto Translation: Virtue consists in action.