Hosford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Hosford name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from 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. Hosford may have also been given as an occupational surname to someone who worked at such a place.
Early Origins of the Hosford family
The surname Hosford 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 Hosford family
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Hosford Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hosford has undergone many spelling variations, including Horsfield, Horsefield, Horsford, Horseford and many more.
Early Notables of the Hosford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hosford family to Ireland
Some of the Hosford family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Hosford migration to the United States +
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hosford were among those contributors:
Hosford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Hosford, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1633 
Hosford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles L. Hosford, aged 22, who arrived in America from Skibbereen, Ireland, in 1907
- Elizabeth Hosford, aged 11, who arrived in New York, in 1907
- Hugh C. Hosford, aged 19, who arrived in America from Skibbereen, Ireland, in 1908
- Jennie Hosford, aged 17, who arrived in America from Bantry, Ireland, in 1909
- Rebecca Susan Hosford, aged 18, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1909
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hosford (post 1700) +
- Henry Hosford Gurley (1788-1833), American politician, Member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1823-1831)
- Chauncey Osborne Hosford (1820-1911), American pioneer and Methodist missionary in Oregon Country
- Edward Columbus Hosford (1883-1939), American architect from Eastman, Georgia, who designed many county courthouses
- Robert Hosford (b. 1962), British professional footballer
- Henry Hosford Gurley (1788-1833), member of the U. S. House of Representatives
- Henry Hosford Gurley (1788-1833), American politician, Representative from Louisiana 2nd District, 1823-31; District Judge in Louisiana, 1831-33 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html