The ancestors of the name Horsfal date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Horsfal family lived in the settlement of Horsfall in Todmorden in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The name Horsfal 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 Horsfal family
The surname Horsfal was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Horsfal family
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Horsfal Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Horsfal are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Horsfal include: Horsfall, Horsefall, Horsfal, Horesfall and others.
Early Notables of the Horsfal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horsfal family to Ireland
Some of the Horsfal 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 Horsfal family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Horsfal or a variant listed above: Luke Horsefall, who sailed to America in 1729; John Horsfall to Philadelphia in 1844; and John Horsfall to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1884.