The ancient roots of the Horsforth family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Horsforth comes from when the family lived near a stable or horse pasture. The surname is derived from the Old English words hors,
which means horse,
which means enclosure
Horsforth may have also been given as an occupational
surname to someone who worked at such a place.
Early Origins of the Horsforth family
The surname Horsforth 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.
Early History of the Horsforth family
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Horsforth 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 Horsforth has appeared include Horsfield, Horsefield, Horsford, Horseford and many more.
Early Notables of the Horsforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horsforth family to Ireland
Some of the Horsforth family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Horsforth family to the New World and Oceana
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 Horsforth arrived in North America very early: Joseph and Luke Horsefield settled in Maryland in 1774; William Horseford settled in Boston in 1633; John and Mary Horseford settled in New York in 1822..
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