The ancient roots of the Horgefall family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Horgefall comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Horsfall in Todmorden in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The name Horgefall may have also been applied as an occupational
surname to someone who worked at a stable or horse pasture. The surname is derived from the Old English words hors,
which means horse,
which means enclosure
Early Origins of the Horgefall family
The surname Horgefall was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Horgefall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horgefall research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1661, 1796, 1586 and 1609 are included under the topic Early Horgefall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Horgefall Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Horgefall has appeared include Horsfall, Horsefall, Horsfal, Horesfall and others.
Early Notables of the Horgefall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horgefall family to Ireland
Some of the Horgefall family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 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 Horgefall family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Horgefall arrived in North America very early: Luke Horsefall, who sailed to America in 1729; John Horsfall to Philadelphia in 1844; and John Horsfall to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1884.