Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in a valley or at the foot of a hill. Kerfoot 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 Kerfoot family
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 Kerfoot family
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Kerfoot Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Kerfoot are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kerfoot include: Kerfoot, Kerford, Kerfont, Kerfut, Kerriford and many more.
Early Notables of the Kerfoot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerfoot family to Ireland
Some of the Kerfoot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kerfoot family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kerfoot or a variant listed above:
Kerfoot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Kerfoot Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Kerfoot (post 1700)
Kerfoot Family Crest Products