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The name Horsfield first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near 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. Horsfield may have also been given as an occupational surname to someone who worked at such a place.

Horsfield Early Origins



The surname Horsfield was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Horsfield Spelling Variations


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Horsfield 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 Horsfield has appeared include Horsfield, Horsefield, Horsford, Horseford and many more.

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Horsfield Early History


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Horsfield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horsfield research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horsfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Horsfield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Horsfield Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Horsfield In Ireland


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Horsfield In Ireland



Some of the Horsfield family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Horsfield arrived in North America very early:

Horsfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Adam Horsfield, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • John Adam Horsfield, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764

Horsfield Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Horsfield U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Horsfield U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Horsfield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Horsfield (post 1700)



  • Thomas Horsfield MD (1773-1859), American physician and naturalist, eponym of Horsfield's tortoise or the Central Asian tortoise, Horsfield's fruit bat, Horsfield's treeshrew and many others
  • Rev. Thomas Walker Horsfield FSA (1792-1837), English Nonconformist minister, topographer, and historian
  • Geoffrey Malcolm "Geoff" Horsfield (b. 1973), English former professional footballer who played from 1992 to 2013 and football coach of Port Vale (2010-2011)
  • Debbie Horsfield (b. 1955), English theatre and television writer and producer
  • Craigie Horsfield (b. 1949), English artist who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996
  • Arthur Horsfield (b. 1946), English former footballer who played from 1963 to 1977
  • George Horsfield (1882-1956), British architect and archaeologist, Chief Inspector of Antiquities in Transjordan (1928-1936)
  • Corporal Kenneth Horsfield GC (1920-1944), British soldier who was posthumously awarded the George Cross for the courage he showed in attempting to rescue a comrade who was trapped and injured by an explosion in Italy in 1945

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Horsfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horsfield 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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