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The history of the Horsfall family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the settlement of Horsfall in Todmorden in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name Horsfall 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, and falod, which means enclosure or field.


The surname Horsfall was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Horsfall include Horsfall, Horsefall, Horsfal, Horesfall and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horsfall research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1661, 1796, 1586 and 1609 are included under the topic Early Horsfall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Horsfall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Horsfall 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.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Horsfall or a variant listed above:

Horsfall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James W Horsfall, aged 22, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • John Horsfall to Philadelphia in 1844
  • John Horsfall to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1884

  • Frank Lappin Horsfall (1906-1971), American clinician and virologist
  • Bernard Horsfall, English television and film actor
  • John Campbell Horsfall (1912-1976), Australian economist and newspaper editor
  • Basil Arthur Horsfall (1887-1918), Ceylonese recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces
  • Alton Horsfall Ph.D., British Lecturer at the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering of the University of Newcastle
  • Geoffrey Jonas Horsfall, Australian Judge of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands

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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Horsfall Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Horsfall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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