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The ancestry of the name Kerfitt dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in a valley or at the foot of a hill. Kerfitt 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.

Kerfitt Early Origins



The surname Kerfitt 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.

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Kerfitt Spelling Variations


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Kerfitt Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kerfitt have been found, including Kerfoot, Kerford, Kerfont, Kerfut, Kerriford and many more.

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Kerfitt Early History


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Kerfitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerfitt research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1583 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Kerfitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerfitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kerfitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kerfitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kerfitt In Ireland


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Kerfitt In Ireland



Some of the Kerfitt 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.

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kerfitt, or a variant listed above:

Kerfitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Kerfitt, who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Thomas Kerfitt, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625

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Kerfitt Family Crest Products


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Kerfitt Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Kerfitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kerfitt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 8 July 2014 at 13:31.

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