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Kerfith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Kerfith name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in a valley or at the foot of a hill. Kerfith 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 Kerfith family


The surname Kerfith 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 Kerfith family


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Kerfith 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 Kerfith has undergone many spelling variations, including Kerfoot, Kerford, Kerfont, Kerfut, Kerriford and many more.

Early Notables of the Kerfith family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kerfith family to Ireland


Some of the Kerfith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kerfith family to the New World and Oceana


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 Kerfith were among those contributors: Thomas Kerfitt, who settled in Virginia in 1624; and Elizabeth Kerfoote, who sailed to Virginia in 1637.

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