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,
which means enclosure
Early Origins of the Horsfall family
The surname Horsfall was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Horsfall family
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Horsfall Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Horsfall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horsfall family to Ireland
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.
Migration of the Horsfall family to the New World and Oceana
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, who landed in Georgia in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- John Horsfall to Philadelphia in 1844
- John Horsfall to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1884
Contemporary Notables of the name Horsfall (post 1700)
- 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