The ancestry of the name Horsfil dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Horsfall in Todmorden in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The name Horsfil 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 Horsfil family
The surname Horsfil was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Horsfil family
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Horsfil Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Horsfil have been found, including Horsfall, Horsefall, Horsfal, Horesfall and others.
Early Notables of the Horsfil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horsfil family to Ireland
Some of the Horsfil 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 Horsfil family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Horsfil, 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.