The name Kerfeart is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in a valley or at the foot of a hill.
Kerfeart is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Kerfeart family
The surname Kerfeart 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 Kerfeart family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerfeart research.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1583 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Kerfeart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kerfeart Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kerfeart were recorded, including Kerfoot, Kerford, Kerfont, Kerfut, Kerriford and many more.
Early Notables of the Kerfeart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerfeart family to Ireland
Some of the Kerfeart family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 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 Kerfeart family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Kerfeart family emigrate to North America: Thomas Kerfitt, who settled in Virginia in 1624; and Elizabeth Kerfoote, who sailed to Virginia in 1637.