name Horsfale comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Horsfall in Todmorden in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The name Horsfale 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 Horsfale family
The surname Horsfale was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Horsfale family
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Horsfale Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Horsfale has been recorded under many different variations, including Horsfall, Horsefall, Horsfal, Horesfall and others.
Early Notables of the Horsfale family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horsfale family to Ireland
Some of the Horsfale 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 Horsfale family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Horsfale 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.