The ancestors of the Horsful surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the settlement of Horsfall in Todmorden in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The name Horsful 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 Horsful family
The surname Horsful was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Horsful family
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Horsful Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Horsful include Horsfall, Horsefall, Horsfal, Horesfall and others.
Early Notables of the Horsful family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horsful family to Ireland
Some of the Horsful 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 Horsful family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Luke Horsefall, who sailed to America in 1729; John Horsfall to Philadelphia in 1844; and John Horsfall to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1884.